Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Report: O.J. Mayo close to deal with Bucks
By Tim MacMahon
It appears that O.J. Mayo’s tenure in Dallas will be one-and-done.
Yahoo! Sports reports that Mayo is close to agreeing to a multiyear deal with the Milwaukee Bucks.
Mayo opted to test the free-agent market again instead of exercising the $4.2 million player option for next season in the contract he signed with the Mavs last summer. He was the Mavs’ second-leading scorer with 15.3 points per game and averaged 4.4 assists last season.
The Mavs had explored sign-and-trade scenarios with other Mayo suitors, but it isn’t clear whether they've had any discussions with the Bucks. Theoretically, the teams could agree to a double sign-and-trade deal in which Milwaukee would send point guard Brandon Jennings or combo guard Monta Ellis to Dallas for Mayo.
However, the Bucks have ample salary-cap space to sign Mayo and have indicated they intend to keep Jennings, a restricted free agent.
The Mavs have expressed interest in Ellis, but those talks have yet to become substantive, according to a source close to the situation.