NBA free agency opens on Sunday evening and early Monday morning and teams likely won’t waste time in calling in players they have intentions of signing. One of those players is guard O.J. Mayo who opted out of his deal with the Dallas Mavericks in order to see if he can’t get more money elsewhere and the Minnesota Timberwolves appear to be one of those teams.
But while the Wolves and teams like the Lakers and Clippers may be quick to throw him an offer, according to ESPN’s Tim McMahon, Mayo’s preference is to re-sign with the Mavericks if possible.
OJ Mayo will meet with teams in L.A. when free agency begins. His preference is to return at the Mavs, but there will be no Dallas discount.
— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) June 30, 2013
Mayo was a free agent last offseason but didn’t draw nearly as much attention as he thought he would but that seems to have changed. The Chicago Bulls were interested in Mayo before he inked a deal with the Mavericks but this offseason at least three contenders are interested in signing him.
But while he may want to return to the Mavericks, everything rests on what they do about Dwight Howard. It’s a well known fact that Mark Cuban wants to sign Howard and he’s been making moves all offseason long so far in an effort to free up as much money as he can to make an offer he hopes Howard can’t refuse.
That might mean that Mayo would need to take a significant pay cut to come back to the Mav’s. If he does that, he’ll undoubtedly be leaving a ton of money on the table which means the decision comes down to what Mayo values more — playing position or bank account figures.