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Report: Timberwolves interested in free agent O.J. Mayo

May 10, 2013, 10:24 AM EDT

O.J. Mayo AP

This seems an odd fit on the court and a challenge financially, but we pass it along anyway.

Darren Wolfson of ESPN 1500 tweets he has “heard from multiple angles” that new Minnesota GM Flip Saunders is interested in free agent O.J. Mayo.

That would be the same Mayo the Mavericks really didn’t want back — and he didn’t want to be back, so he’s opting to become a free agent. Mayo’s up and down performances game to game drove coach Rick Carlisle crazy. And he faded badly last season — in his final 21 games he averaged 9.3 points on 39.9 percent shooting from the field, 33.3 percent on three-pointers.

Minnesota may want to get stronger at the two, but does a ball dominating gunner really fit with Ricky Rubio and Kevin Love?

Then there is the money issue — Mayo wants more than the $4.2 million he was supposed to make next season in Dallas. The Timberwolves already have $58 million on the books for next season and they want to bring back free agent Chase Budinger and give a nice raise to Nikola Pekovic (both of whom fit nicely in future plans). With all that, would the Timberwolves really use their mid-level on Mayo? Would he even take it?

I don’t know. It seems an odd fit all around. But it’s out there.

  1. pacific123ocean - May 10, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    Kurt, I think this is a no-brainer for the Wolves…Mayo may not be perfect, but he is a serious upgrade to Ridnour, who started most of the season at the 2-guard position.

    A starting 5 of Rubio, Mayo, Love, Pekovic and Kirlenko would be a playoff team.

  2. carolinabluesince95 - May 10, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    He’s either red hot or ice cold. I wouldn’t want him.

  3. money2long - May 10, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    ha, mayo was traded for love. it’d be funny if this comes full circle and he winds up on the wolves playing with the guy he was traded for on draft night.

    • jcmeyer10 - May 10, 2013 at 1:34 PM

      Just like Jeff Green and Ray Allen.

      • money2long - May 10, 2013 at 2:07 PM

        well, they weren’t both rookies like love n mayo but i can see that

  4. asimonetti88 - May 10, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    If he would come at the mid-level, the T-Wolves could do worse. He could play the role they’d hoped Roy would. He wouldn’t be as high on the scoring option as he was in Dallas and that would take some defensive pressure off.

  5. ccshocktalk - May 10, 2013 at 1:19 PM

    He may not be the gunner he normally has been if he has other guys that are clearly the priority in Minnesota. Lets be real, i think OJ knows that team belongs to Kevin Love, and the ball belongs in the hands of Ricky Rubio.

    If OJ can defer to those two and run off screens…he could be a decent fit. I can think of plenty worse guys to bring into that organization…starting with Monta Ellis.

    • sportsnut101 - May 10, 2013 at 4:45 PM

      Monta gonna cost more though. N they shot the same pct I believe even though Ellis took way more shots If Monta was smart he wouldn’t opt out n hit free angency next yr

  6. lew24 - May 10, 2013 at 3:58 PM

    Maybe the T-Wolves should have drafted him! Uh…nevermind!

  7. saint1997 - May 10, 2013 at 6:40 PM

    But he’s African American!! Flip does not get how the T-Wolves franchise operates…

  8. bballnut50 - May 12, 2013 at 7:53 AM

    Don’t need him…We got the Russian Rifle 2….

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