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O.J. Mayo’s Benefits Future If He Returns to Dallas Mavericks
April 24th, 2013 at 12:30 PM By Kevin Rodriguez
Last week, Dallas Mavericks shooting guard O.J. Mayo said he would decline the player option for the second season of his contract, deciding to test the free agent market for the second season in a row.
However, it might be in Mayo's best interest to reconsider that decision.
Mayo averaged 15.3 points, 4.4 assits and 3.5 rebounds while playing 35.5 minutes per game, but his production dropped significantly after the All-Star break, specifically when Dirk Nowitzki was starting to regain MVP form.
"Getting something long term, locking something in is what I think is best for me," Mayo said last Thursday after his exit interview with coach Rick Carlisle and president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson.
There might not be much of a free agent market for Mayo after the way this season played out. Sure, there were flashes of brilliance from the former No. 3 overall pick, but time and time again he failed to deliver in the clutch against quality teams, turning the ball over in key situations and failing to knock down critical shots.
It remains to be seen if Mayo will get a long-term deal from another team, but he could have returned to Dallas for $4.2 million, and that might be more than what he will get from other teams.
It would benefit Mayo to return to Dallas for the $4.2 million and show some improvement before seeking a long-term deal.