If that’s the case, the Mavs will bid him farewell while examining potential sign-and-trade scenarios, unless they’ve had to renounce Mayo’s rights to clear out cap space to sign Dwight Howard.
What if Mayo slips through the free agency cracks for the second consecutive summer? The Mavs would welcome him back at the right price. He has indicated that he'd prefer to return to Dallas, but he isn't going to pass up a better offer to do so.
Mayo was often the target of coach Rick Carlisle’s tough-love wrath last season – and was ripped by the coach for his poor effort in the 81st game – but Carlisle is on the record saying he believes Mayo can be a starter on a contender.
“I like O.J. a lot,” Carlisle said the day after the season ended. “I think he fits into what we’re doing. Like everything else in this world, this is probably going to come down to money.”