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Celtics Rumors: O.J. Mayo Is Dynamic Scorer C's Desperately Need

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 11: Mike Conley #11 and O.J. Mayo #32 of the Memphis Grizzlies celebrate after the game withthe Los Angeles Clippers in Game Six of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs on May 11, 2011 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.  The Grizzlies won 90-88 to tie the series at three games each.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Luis BatlleContributor IJune 28, 2012

Memphis Grizzlies offensive stud O.J. Mayo would be the difference-maker the Boston Celtics need for an NBA title next season.

According to Comcast SportsNet New England's A. Sherrod Blakely, the Celtics are considering going after the talented young guard leading up the 2012 NBA draft.

#CelticsTalk: The #Celtics exploring a ton of options leading up to tonight's #NBA draft, including another run at #Grizzlies SG O.J. Mayo.

— A. Sherrod Blakely (@SherrodbCSN) June 28, 2012

Mayo is an attractive asset to the Boston Celtics because he is a dynamic scoring talent that fills Ray Allen's spot and gives them a promising offensive talent for the future.

If one thing is clear with Mayo, it's the fact he boasts tremendous versatility and skill scoring the rock. Last season with the Grizzlies, Mayo averaged 12.6 points in just 26.8 minutes per game. He played in each of the team's 66 games and came off the bench for the second year in a row.

In the two seasons that he started for the Grizzlies in 2008-09 and 2009-10, he posted 18.5 and 17.5 points per game, respectively. These are numbers the Celtics must not take for granted.

Mayo can be a prolific scorer when given the proper playing time.

With Ray Allen and the NBA-champion Miami Heat in talks, an acquisition like Mayo becomes all the more vital. The Celtics will solely boast Avery Bradley at the position, who is especially undersized and anything but a scorer. Bradley's 36.8 shooting percentage is something the team cannot be satisfied with.

Even more importantly, the addition of Mayo is a step in the right direction for the team's future.

President of basketball operations, Danny Ainge, knows he soon has to prepare for championships without the Big Three. With a strong PG in Rajon Rondo and solid SF in Jeff Green for the future, the SG spot is one the Celtics undoubtedly have to fill.

Based on his production in his first four years in the league, Mayo is undoubtedly a player the Celtics need to pursue.

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