The Clippers are familiar with O.J. Mayo after dealing with him for seven consecutive games in the playoffs. Mayo is also familiar with Los Angeles, having played his college ball down the road from the Staples Center at USC.
The former No. 3 overall pick hasn't lived up to the hype so far in the NBA, but in my opinion it has been because of his circumstances, not his talent.
Memphis has given out huge contracts to Rudy Gay, Zach Randolph, Marc Gasol, and Mike Conley over the past couple of seasons, so Mayo has been relegated to a fairly low spot on the Grizzlies totem pole.
Also, defensive stalwart Tony Allen is a better fit on the floor with the four big-money players than Mayo is, which has pushed him to an uncomfortable bench role.
Mayo is a very polished scorer who can also make plays for his teammates and is willing to guard the other team's best perimeter player on defense. His numbers haven't wowed anyone so far in his career, and thus the price should be low for this 24-year-old restricted free agent.
And with the Grizzlies having nearly $49 million tied up in the quartet mentioned above next season, they likely won't be matching any substantial offers for Mayo.
The talent is there for Mayo to break out into a star. All he needs is the right opportunity. He would be a perfect fit as the Clippers' starting shooting guard next season.