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O.J. Mayo agrees to three-year deal with the Bucks

Jul 6, 2013, 12:09 AM EDT

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The Milwaukee Bucks entered the offseason with both players in their starting backcourt becoming free agents — Monta Ellis is unrestricted and unlikely to return, while Brandon Jennings is restricted, and the team’s stated plan is to keep him by matching any offer he receives if necessary.

Replacing Ellis was the first order of business, however, and it appears the Bucks have done so with a less dynamic player, but at a far more reasonable price.

From Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports:

Free agent guard O.J. Mayo has agreed to a three-year, $24 million contract with the Milwaukee Bucks, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

Mayo, 25, will be a replacement for the loss of guard J.J. Redick and the expected departure of Monta Ellis.

Mayo should be a nice piece to pair alongside Jennings, provided Milwaukee gets the consistent level of effort out of him that’s been lacking to this point in his career.

Mayo started out last season playing at a borderline All-Star level for the Mavericks while Dirk Nowitzki was out of the lineup due to injury. He averaged 20.9 points on 49.3 percent shooting over the first month of the season, but by March that dipped to 11.8 points per game, and all the way to 8.6 points per game over the final eight games of the season.

Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle had completely lost faith in Mayo by the end of the season, and ripped him publicly and comprehensively near its end once he had apparently had enough.

There was no chance Dallas was going to bring Mayo back in free agency, but perhaps another fresh start with the Bucks in a different situation will be a better match.

  1. fm31970 - Jul 6, 2013 at 1:08 AM

    So far, so good. This is an upgrade over Ellis if Mayo plays like he did early last season. I have a feeling he’ll enjoy playing under Larry Drew better than Rick Carlisle, and I really hope this works out well for both O.J. and the Bucks.

    • roanboon - Jul 6, 2013 at 2:13 AM

      Although still skeptical, I like your thought about the new dynamic he might face playing under Larry Drew. HI know little about Rick Carlisle, but Drew’s mixture of hard work/discipline and humility might be great for Mayo.

    • daddyghi - Jul 6, 2013 at 10:34 AM

      don’t count on it, man.. first the grizzlies, then the mavs…

  2. thebrownrelease - Jul 6, 2013 at 1:33 AM

    I wish I would of known that before I just played the Mavs in 2k13 so I could of put him on the Bucks. He dropped 29 on me. Smh

  3. ji8888 - Jul 6, 2013 at 3:18 AM

    Pass the mayonnaise.

  4. anthonyverna - Jul 6, 2013 at 3:57 AM

    Championship teams don’t give $8 million/year to O.J. Mayo.

    • ravissevens - Jul 6, 2013 at 5:35 AM

      Nobody will ever be guilty of calling the bucks a championship team

    • 6thsense79 - Jul 6, 2013 at 12:00 PM

      At this point I think the Bucks would be satisfied with winning a playoff series.

  5. scottieplongballs - Jul 6, 2013 at 5:33 AM

    I was pissed when the T-Wolves took K Love over Mayo. Man am i glad i was wrong!

  6. anhdazman - Jul 6, 2013 at 7:25 AM

    Going to Milwaukee, get lost and underachieve land. Mayo fits the billing perfectly.

    • bougin89 - Jul 6, 2013 at 10:34 AM

      You know very little about the culture of the Bucks. Are we perennial contenders? Obviously not but even over the last few years you cannot say the Bucks have underachieved. You’re comment shows little intelligence

  7. Great Caesar's Ghost - Jul 6, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    At last, the final piece to the 40-win puzzle.

  8. dezglobal - Jul 6, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    This guy was supposed to be the next LBJ when in HS. Now he’s playing for the bucks. Wild.

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