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Report: Bucks nearing deal to sign O.J. Mayo

Jul 3, 2013, 3:13 PM EDT

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It looks like the gunning two guard Monta Ellis is gone from Milwaukee, but they are about to replace him with another inconsistent and inefficient player, one they are counting on to improve.

The Bucks are near a multiyear deal with free agent O.J. Mayo, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

Mayo certainly defends better than Ellis, and he is a better three-point shooter hitting 40.7 percent of his shots last season in Dallas. He averaged 15.9 points a game, but his below league average PER of 13.9 speaks to his efficiency.

Or, look at it this way: Memphis didn’t keep him around as a sixth man, then Dallas coach Rick Carlisle has some real frustration with the consistency of Mayo’s effort and preparation last season.

We will see what kind of team the Bucks put together and what kind of deal we are talking about. If the Bucks plan is to be bad this year and try and cash in on a deep lottery of talent (a lot of teams have that plan, maybe seven to start the season) then this is a decent stopgap. But as a long-term building block this is a sideways move, at best.

  1. JHathwell - Jul 3, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    clearly, young Ovinton is all about winning

  2. roanboon - Jul 3, 2013 at 3:38 PM

    He’s an exciting, marketable player that will sell jerseys and get the fans excited in the offseason, but he won’t generate many extra wins. Great move for total league revenue.

  3. saudishot - Jul 3, 2013 at 3:42 PM

    I’d rather have Mayo at less per year than Ellis any day.

  4. skinsfanwill - Jul 3, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    Might as well keep Ellis. At least you know what you are getting.

  5. mvp43 - Jul 3, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    Just a copy and paste of my comment regarding the Bucks and JR Smith:

    No, no, no, no, no, no, no………….Dont do it Bucks. Another dumb signing that wont work out. You’ll have to over pay in order to get him here and he’s not worth it.

  6. danielgmz - Jul 3, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    Why is everybody whining so much about Mayo? He shot 41% from 3, 82% from the line, and 45% from the field, last time I checked, those were good efficient numbers!

  7. sdemp - Jul 3, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    The Bucks are slowly becoming the laughing stock of the NBA (worst professional league in the world).

    • fm31970 - Jul 3, 2013 at 5:00 PM

      Not as long as Jordan owns the Bobcats/Hornets.

    • bsplaincs - Jul 3, 2013 at 9:09 PM

      Nope that Prize go to the 2013 Bobcats….err….2014 Hornets. Ya they are so bad they jumped on a name change Just to make more money in marketing. If Jordan would stop drafting for the team maybe they would not lose by 15-20 and have the worst record………

    • bougin89 - Jul 3, 2013 at 11:48 PM

      Ugh. Absolutely not. Bobcats? Pelicans?(I’d love to be a pelicans fan now tho) Raptors. I think you don’t know much about the NBA.

  8. shaggytoodle - Jul 3, 2013 at 4:40 PM

    Everyone knows the Bucks have a hard time drawing in FAs I think Mayo would fit better than Ellis Especially with the defense.

    If your team plays good defense they can be in every game, that’s why the Bucks went on that tear with Bogut before his freak injury after the All-Star game.

    I think Henson and Sanders can grow into solid players, Jennings might feel rejuvenated and with a new coach and some new potential around him.

    The Bucks will never get a Big 3, but they can still have a solid 5 which can get you deeper into the playoffs especially if you don’t have to start with the Heat the 1st round.

    • fm31970 - Jul 3, 2013 at 5:03 PM

      Agreed. They can be a Pistons-like team when they were competing for a title every year, with not true superstar, but five very good starters and a deep bench.

      I’d rather have Mayo on a one or two-year deal than Ellis, even if it’s just for his better defensive effort. That alone will help the team, and who knows, maybe Larry Drew is the coach who can get Mayo to fulfill his potential.

      Way better signing than JR Smith IMHO.

    • roanboon - Jul 3, 2013 at 5:45 PM

      Definitely agree! As long as the success of the “solid 5″ is not dependent on volume shooters, especially when they have sub-40% field goal percentage.

  9. jadaruler - Jul 3, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    S&T Mayo for Ellis

    • bellerophon30 - Jul 3, 2013 at 6:17 PM

      Dallas isn’t touching Monta Ellis with a 50 meter pole, let alone a 10 foot one.

  10. iceonmypinky85 - Jul 3, 2013 at 6:02 PM

    OJ is clearly coming to MIL to win Championships lol

    • fm31970 - Jul 3, 2013 at 6:34 PM

      Unless you take peanuts to play in Miami, which other team has a better chance of winning a championship…I can wait.

      I see a lot of guys like Mayo (Tyreke Evans comes to mind, and maybe Brandon Jennings, too) who have only a few years of NBA experience, and only under one or two coaches. Some guys need to find a good fit both coach and team-wise, even if that team is not going to win a championship, so if Mayo finds that in Milwaukee (or elsewhere), good for him.

      • iceonmypinky85 - Jul 3, 2013 at 6:55 PM

        Who has a better chance to win the championship over the back to back champs? The question you present lacks the real opportunity for a good answer.. That’s why teams make moves in the offseason to be in a better position to compete the following year..

  11. gpack22 - Jul 3, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    Bucks have the worst run front office in the NBA. They are making Jordan look smart (semi anyway)

  12. bellerophon30 - Jul 3, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    If it’s a two year deal, then great move for Milwaukee, as long as it’s not above $6 million per. If it’s more years and more coin……then……makes you wonder why they didn’t try to work it out with JJ Redick.

  13. jamieaadams - Jul 3, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    Much better than signing J.R. Smith. Not as good as signing neither.

  14. Chad Bartel - Jul 3, 2013 at 11:49 PM

    The Bucks may be bottom dwellers but they have a chemistry flowing at the moment. Brandon Jennings and a slew of really solid role players. I actually like Mayo. I hope this happens. He seems like a guy that could really help this team. They did make the playoffs this past year…it’s not hopeless. Bring it on!

  15. sportsnut101 - Jul 4, 2013 at 12:03 AM

    Surprised no1 made offer to mayo nice fit with cavs who need shooter waiters can go to bench

    Pacers needed one

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