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Report: Cavaliers also have interest in O.J. Mayo

May 13, 2013, 11:07 AM EDT

O.J. Mayo

Does it feel to anyone else like somebody’s agent/manager/people are trying to pump up O.J. Mayo’s free agency options?

With the playoffs and draft coming up there tends not to be a lot of focus on free agents not named Howard or CP3 (and they aren’t likely moving on), yet now we have our second recent report about O.J. Mayo.

First it was the Timberwolves that reportedly had him on their radar. Now comes a report from the News-Herald that the Cavaliers may check him out, too.

The Cavs might kick the tires on Mayo, as well. He’s expected to opt out of his contract with Dallas. He shot a career-high 40.7 percent from the 3-point line this season. Mayo averaged 15.3 points on 12.5 shots.

My initial reaction is “it depends on how you use him.” If you can convince Mayo to be the instant-offense sixth man he could thrive in that role. Well, if he brought his energy and focus every night — that’s what drove Rick Carlisle crazy in Dallas.

Bottom line for Cleveland: Any guy that takes the ball out of Kyrie Irving’s hands to create for himself is a poor fit as a starter. The Cavs certainly need more talent around Irving, but just because they have $18 million in cap space doesn’t mean they should instantly spend it. As a fan, watching your team be patient sucks. But sometimes it’s the right play.

  1. erckle31 - May 13, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    With Waiters already there, I’m guessing they want Mayo as a sixth man possibly? Dunno if that makes sense, but who knows.

  2. money2long - May 13, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    “Bottom line for Cleveland: Any guy that takes the ball out of Kyrie Irving’s hands to create for himself is a poor fit as a starter. ”

    that’s my thinking. and that’s why in 2k association, i made kyrie’s wing partners khawhi leonard and paul george.

    • cmehustle - May 13, 2013 at 8:16 PM

      Dude, what the hell does your 2k associaiton have to do with this subject?? lol Im all over 2k even still 6+ mos after it dropped but that has nothing to do with this article b.

  3. memphismiracle - May 13, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    Ask Lionel Hollins about using Mayo as a 6th man off the bench.

  4. biasedhomer - May 13, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    6th man would be the ideal spot for Mayo, he is too erratic to be in the starting line up.

  5. asimonetti88 - May 13, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    I think he would be a better fit in Minnesota.

  6. biggame28 - May 13, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    he will not want to be a 6th man. Dion Waiters is there already. Bad idea Cleveland.

  7. hannsta - May 13, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    6th man for one of the worst teams in the league? Something tells me he wouldn’t want that.

  8. bryco9 - May 14, 2013 at 12:54 AM

    Come to the Wolves, be a starter, average 18-22 or more. With Mayo, Rubio, Pek, and a healthy Love, throw in AK47, Williams, and 2-1st rd picks anything less then the playoffs is unacceptable.

  9. saint1997 - May 14, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    No! let Dion develop as a starter and keep your money for later! Be prudent!

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