NBA Free Agency 2012: O.J. Mayo Is the Best Fit for the Boston Celtics

Brad Washington@@theGURO15Correspondent IIJuly 8, 2012

PHOENIX - NOVEMBER 05:  O.J. Mayo #32 of the Memphis Grizzlies shoots a free throw shot during the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center on November 5, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona. 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 Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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O. J Mayo has had a slumping career since his rookie season in 2008, and I believe the best way to utilize his skill set is to sign him with the Boston Celtics.

With the signing of Jason Terry, re-signing of Kevin Garnett, and the loss of Ray Allen, the Boston Celtics have had an eventful offseason.

The loss of Ray Allen to the Miami Heat may sting Celtics fans a bit, but a fresh, young player in his place will help usher in the Rajon Rondo era.

Although Jason Terry is 34, he still has a lot of game left. If the Celtics were to sign Mayo, it could bring a lot of depth to the team offensively.

Of course Mayo was only a sixth man on the talented Memphis Grizzles squad last year. In 2012 he averaged 12.6 points per game while shooting a below average 40.8 percent from the field.

It doesn’t sound like a great move on paper, but we must put into the equation the fact that Ray Allen and Paul Pierce became better overall shooters after the formation of the Big Three.

O.J. Mayo can flourish in this ball control type offense.  Paul Pierce can still score, but again it’s becoming more and more Rajon Rondo’s team. Rondo likes to run and Mayo has 24-year-old legs. Pierce's legs? Going on 35 come October.

Although O.J Mayo has been linked to attitude problems in the past, and can work on his defense some too, the possible signing of Mayo could let head coach Doc Rivers mold him into the tough defensive scheme the Boston Celtics have. 

That in turn, will make him an impact player on both sides of the floor.

A Mayo signing, Rajon Rondo jump shot, Jason Terry sharp shooting off the bench and Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce using whatever is left in their tanks should take the Boston Celtics on an interesting turn next season.

Let’s hope the Celtics make the right move.