O.J. Mayo was thought to be headed to the Milwaukee Bucks via a sign-and-trade deal with the Dallas Mavericks this NBA free agency period, but it appears that simply is not the case.
Instead, it sounds like the Mavericks have given up on Mayo in order to focus on other assets (Dwight Howard?). This likely means Mayo will end up with the Bucks anyway.
ESPN’s Marc Stein broke the news on Twitter:
Mavs and Bucks are NOT talking sign and trade on OJ Mayo, sources tell ESPN. Mavs prepared to let Mayo go to focus on other business
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 4, 2013
So it turns out there will not be a blockbuster deal for the talented wing. The Bucks are still reportedly closing in on a deal for Mayo, even with the Mavs backing out. With the Bucks, Mayo faces little competition for playing time and would be able to continue his hot streak that saw him average 15 points per game last season.
In the meantime it should be interesting to see what the Mavericks are planning. The franchise could have swung a nice deal for Mayo, so something good has to be in the cards.
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