Swingman OJ Mayo has signed a multi-year with the Dallas Mavericks. Not that he was going to join the Pacers anyway, but this has officially put the dreams to sleep, so to speak.
Mayo was almost in a Pacers uniform a couple of times in the past, but the Josh McRoberts trade supposedly fell apart at the last second. Then the Pacers didn’t re-sign McBob and didn’t pull enough strings to land the prolific prep star in Indiana. Oh well.
Some people remain convinced Mayo would have been a good fit for the Pacers, a team in desperate need of someone who can create their own shot off the dribble and provide an offensive spark off the bench. Mayo was once touted as the top high school player in the nation, but we all know that doesn’t always pan out so well in the pros (Lance Stephenson, anyone?).
Mayo’s career high was 18.5 points — in his rookie season. That’s almost unheard of. Last season, he came off the bench in Memphis and put up 12.6 points wile barely breaking 40% on his field goal attempts. So yeah, I’m not sure how I feel about him, though I am certain I would have been happy had he landed in Indy. After all, there hasn’t been much to get excited about this offseason.
PS: Nothing to do with the Pacers but how about Jeremy Lin going to the Rockets? Crazy stuff. Good news for the Pacers though from a basketball standpoint. Plus it shows a small(er) market team can derail a big market team with the right poison pill.