O.J. Mayo is about to go from being a player who had been one of the hottest names on the trade wire for the last two seasons to being a hot name on the free-agent market. Some may wonder whether the Memphis Grizzlies will make the most of the four-year pro's value by making a sign-and-trade if they can't re-sign him.
A Grizzlies fan asked that of Memphis Flyer reporter Chris Herrington via Twitter:
@strauss0983 O.J. is a restricted free agent. More likely to walk than get (sign-and-) traded, though that's a possibility too.
— Chris Herrington (@FlyerGrizBlog) May 14, 2012
Herrington acknowledged that a sign-and-trade deal is possible. Those Grizzlies fans who want the Grizzlies to either re-sign him or get the most out of him by pulling a sign-and-trade deal can hope for that.
However, as Herrington pointed out, such a deal is unlikely since it isn't common.
The Grizzlies can match any offer put forth on Mayo because he's a restricted free agent. However, teams might push the Grizzlies' desire to retain Mayo by driving up the price.
Several teams will be looking to sign Mayo, just as a significant number of teams tried to get him in trades this season and last season.
Mayo wants to play point guard, according to Ronald Tillery of The Commercial Appeal. Mayo is also likely looking to start. Thus, teams looking to sign Mayo should be either open to change at point guard or willing to experiment with a duel-guard system.
Following is a list of teams that will seriously pursue Mayo.