Wednesday, December 12, 2012
If secured, O.J. Mayo can help Mavs take off
By Tim MacMahon
BOSTON -- Jason Terry has a job waiting for him in the Dallas Mavericks' front office once the man known as "Jet" finally stops flying.
That's how highly Mark Cuban and the rest of the Mavs' organization thinks of Terry, who served as Dirk Nowitzki's sidekick for the eight seasons before leaving for Boston this summer, winning a NBA Sixth Man of the Year award and a world championship during his Dallas tenure.
Of course, Terry wants more than just a job. He expects his No. 31 to hang in the American Airlines Center rafters after he retires, even pointing to a suggested spot while celebrating with a victory cigar dangling from his mouth on the day of the championship parade through downtown Dallas.
"We'll deal with that," Cuban said, grinning. "I'm not opposed to it, let's put it that way."
If Cuban's dreams come true, there will be a No. 32 up there one day, too.
Yeah, that's jumping pretty far ahead just 21 games into O.J. Mayo's one-year deal with Dallas. But the billionaire who signs the checks allowed himself to daydream about Mayo's magnificent future with the franchise as the Mavs prepared to face Terry's new team in Boston on Wednesday night.
"Jet is one of a kind, but O.J. is his own guy," Cuban said. "He'll hopefully be here longer than Jet and make his mark in the same way."
Sure sounds like Cuban is willing to make the kind of lucrative, long-term deal with the 25-year-old Mayo that he wouldn't give the 35-year-old Terry last summer.