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The Memphis Grizzlies' O.J. Mayo is a free agent, and the Celtics are intrigued by the 24-year-old guard.
According to A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE, Boston could potentially dish Brandon Bass for Mayo in a sign-and-trade.
It wouldn't be the first time the C's tried to wheel-and-deal for the third pick in the 2008 draft. Blakely reports that Mayo was very close to becoming a Celtic prior March's trade deadline. If Boston nearly pulled the trigger before, the second opportunity could yield a different outcome.
ESPN Boston's Chris Forsberg can see why Boston is eyeing the ex-USC Trojan:
At a quick glance, Mayo seems like an enticing candidate. He's a skilled offensive player and an accomplished shooter, and would most likely accept a bench role similar to the one he played in Memphis the past two seasons, and, most importantly, he's young, being only 24 years old. But he's an experienced young player, capable of contributing to a team with lofty playoff goals. If the C's did acquire Mayo, he'd be both a short- and long-term contributor, providing help now, but also serving as a fairly significant part of an eventual rebuilding effort.
In four NBA seasons, Mayo's scoring average has tapered off. As a rookie, the 6'4" wingman averaged 18.5 points per game. Flash forward to the 2011-2012 season, and Mayo's output dropped to 12.6 points. His field goal and free throw percentage has reduced and minutes are harder to come by in Memphis.
Despite the questionable regression, Mayo makes sense for the present and the future in Boston. Therefore, expect the Celtics to do their due diligence here. But if Mayo receives an enticing offer from another team, Danny Ainge has no obligation to counter.