O.J. Mayo has been a hot name on the trade wire for more than a year. The Memphis Grizzlies have entertained offers but haven't been impressed by any of them. Now, the Grizzlies seem to be holding Mayo even closer, as the NBA trade deadline approaches.
Mayo might be sliding off the market now. According to Hoopsworld, the Grizzlies aren't at all inclined to trade Mayo anymore. This comes after the Indiana Pacers and Minnesota Timberwolves had been looking to acquire Mayo before the trade deadline.
Many fans might shrug their shoulders at this report. The Grizzlies sixth man has been bandied about so often that he seems like a certainty to be dealt.
Still, fans must wonder what this report means and if Michael Heisley can let go of the flashy guard.
Now, the Grizzlies might trade a player other than Mayo, who becomes a restricted free agent after this season. The Grizzlies have four other contract-year players. At least one of these players could be dealt to add a draft pick or clear salary cap space.
The Grizzlies are right around the luxury tax threshold and may need to deal to get under it. According to The Commercial Appeal, Heisley wants to ensure that the Grizzlies don't have to pay the luxury tax.
The following is a breakdown of the odds of Mayo and the other contract-year players being traded.