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O.J. Mayo announces he will sign with Dallas Mavericks

Jul 17, 2012, 7:54 AM EDT

O. J. Mayo

O.J. Mayo didn’t like being the third or fourth option in Memphis, he wanted starters minutes and a bigger role.

He may have found all that in Dallas.

Mayo tweeted late Monday nightw that he would sign in Dallas for the upcoming season. Terms of any deal are not yet known. While Dallas has worked hard to keep future year salaries down to maintain flexibility to go after a max free agent next summer, it is highly unlikely Mayo agreed to a one-year contract.

Mayo averaged 12.6 points per game for Memphis last season, playing a lot in the sixth man role, but he clearly wasn’t happy and nor was he efficient, shooting 40.6 percent. He had to take a lot to make a lot.

Mayo is going to have a lot of responsibility on a revamped Dallas roster. He likely starts at the two guard, next to just acquired Darren Collison. While Dirk Nowitzki will remain the focal point of the offense, Mayo will have Rodrigue Beaubois and maybe Vince Carter behind him, so Mayo will get the lion’s share of run.

It’s what he wanted.

Dallas missed out on getting a superstar this summer — no Deron Williams, no Steve Nash and no Dwight Howard (at least yet) — but it has now cobbled together a respectable lineup. Starting guys like Collison, Mayo, Nowitzki and Chris Kaman is not going to win a title, but it’s a lot better than it looked like it was going to be.

  1. cantonbound13 - Jul 17, 2012 at 8:37 AM

    Dallas quietly built a pretty good team. Collision, Mayo, Kayman, Nowitzki & Marion are a good starting 5.carter, Brand & Boubois off the bench, not bad.

    • bparmalee - Jul 17, 2012 at 9:42 AM

      I agree. The media has been hard on Dallas but kinda quietly they have put together a fun team. It isn’t a title team but it will be a fun team to watch. Well played Dallas.

    • stayhigh_247 - Jul 17, 2012 at 11:56 PM

      Dirk and Cuban are both smiling somewhere….

  2. knightrider1755 - Jul 17, 2012 at 8:56 AM

    Way to go Cuban. At least you are not sitting back waiting to rebuild. I like the pieces. J. Kidd should have stayed with the Mavs.

  3. dysraw1 - Jul 17, 2012 at 9:05 AM

    i hope hes everything i said he would be

  4. ajonesmc931 - Jul 17, 2012 at 9:15 AM

    as a grizz fan i didnt want to let him go, but with tony allens D he wasnt ever going to start over him. Good luck juice & the mavs

  5. patfic15 - Jul 17, 2012 at 9:17 AM

    This lineup can compete for a chip. I love OKC but if Dallas plays physical…its close. Also the Thunder havent done anything to get better. Perkins needs to be replaced.

  6. kilo0986 - Jul 17, 2012 at 9:34 AM

    They’ll probably win about 40 games, roughly the same amount vegas has the nets winning.

    • tk41 - Jul 17, 2012 at 2:30 PM

      How do you figure? They have a drastically better bench, better big men & a better coach (the last point is not subject to debate as Mavs fans have far too much experience watching Avery Johnson coach).

      The Nets have shot their cap room for the foreseeable future by acquiring Joe Johnson and (trying not to laugh) giving Brook Lopez a max extension. The will be hard pressed to make any trade moves, despite being incredibly mediocre.

      Meanwhile, the Mavs have ensured future cap flexibility in order to lure a long-term superstar, while not sacrificing the product they’re putting on the court in the short-term. Should a franchise player be available in a trade, the Mavs are far more likely to have the pieces & flexibility to make a trade happen.

    • drunkenjunk - Jul 17, 2012 at 7:52 PM

      you’re so wrong. We’re going to the playoffs this year and probably gonna be a 5th-6th seed.

  7. lakerluver - Jul 17, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    The Mavs regrouped nicely. Not a title contender but not lottery bound either.

  8. wlubake - Jul 17, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    Note to Deron Williams: This is what Donnie Nelson was talking about in his pitch. The Mavs’ brain trust is better at adapting and putting together a winning product than Brooklyn. Rather than trade for Joe Johnson’s terrible contract and give Brook Lopez a max deal, Dallas has built a competitive team out of nothing, while maintaining flexibility for future years.

    Hopefully guys like Howard, Bynum and CP3 will take note of what’s happening in Dallas and buy into the pitch better next year.

  9. loungefly74 - Jul 17, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    okay…its official…Dallas had a kick-a$$ offseason. man, for a team lot of us thought was on the edge of falling into the “abyss of mediocrity”…they assembled something fun and cool that should be a playoff team. i’m excited to see what OJ can do playing full time. i mean, the guy was drafted at a spot where he needs to be playing right away.

  10. cowboychris5xchamps - Jul 17, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    Mark Cubans’ 2010 team wasn’t a title contender in the beginning either right? Not saying the Mavs will win it all but we won’t be the Wizards or the Bobcat like I thought 3 weeks ago. Way to wheel & deal Mark! I guess being on Shark Tank wasn’t that bad after all…

  11. coolj23 - Jul 17, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    What? Are you mavs fans delusional? This is a team that will struggle to make the playoffs, mayo is a gunner with low shooting percentage, and kaman is a injury prone center that can’t play a full year yet. Collison is ok but name me one starting point he could defend,the answer is none. Without Howard you guys are kidding yourselves, no pun intended.

    • passerby23 - Jul 17, 2012 at 12:35 PM

      I do agree this is a team who will struggle for an 8th seed, but they are dramatically better than they were a couple weeks ago. I don’t see them ahead of OKC, Spurs, Lakers, Nuggets, Clippers, or Grizzlies. I see the Warriors grabbing a playoff spot, which leaves one left open.

      It is possible Cuban is trying to package something for Orlando to get Howard – maybe some expiring contracts and picks.

    • entropy13 - Jul 17, 2012 at 1:21 PM

      “mayo is a gunner with low shooting percentage” – which is exactly what we need, since none of the players staying had more than 4 3pt attempts (while the two Jasons had more than that, more than 6 attempts per game iirc)

      “and kaman is a injury prone center that can’t play a full year yet. ” – And Dwight Howard isn’t injury-prone, I presume?

      “Collison is ok but name me one starting point he could defend,the answer is none.” – I guess Steve Nash retired already. LOL

    • drunkenjunk - Jul 17, 2012 at 1:39 PM

      i hate you. We’re not gonna win a championship this year, I get that. We are going to make the playoffs and you’re the delusional one to think otherwise.

  12. andrewproughcfe - Jul 17, 2012 at 12:35 PM

    Collison for Kidd? upgrade youth over age
    Mayo for Terry? upgrade youth over age
    Kaman for Ian Mahinmi? flat-out upgrade

    What’s not to like? Nice moves, Mavs. And – still flexible for next year.

  13. drunkenjunk - Jul 17, 2012 at 1:34 PM

    I really like this team.

  14. wittenisgod - Jul 18, 2012 at 11:59 AM

    They will obviously not win the west but that is still a 55+ game winning team

  15. diamondmo33 - Jul 19, 2012 at 8:22 AM

    Good move.

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