NBA Rumors: Phoenix Suns Need to Land O.J. Mayo

John McGonigal@@jmcgonigal9Correspondent IIJuly 11, 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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Not much has gone right for the Phoenix Suns during the free-agency period after seeing star point guard Steve Nash leave for Los Angeles.

Although Phoenix has brought in Goran Dragic and Michael Beasley via free agency and Kendall Marshall in the draft, the former Western Conference powerhouse is extremely maligned at shooting guard.

Seeing this, Phoenix has been trying to acquire pure scorer Eric Gordon, however, they could lose out on him if the Hornets match their offer of four years, $58 million.

If the Suns fail to bring in Gordon, they really need to focus their attention on O.J. Mayo.

According to ESPN's Marc Stein, Mayo will be courted hard by the Suns if they lose out on Gordon, and rightfully so. 

Mayo, who is seeking a contract a little more than the mid-level exception, should have no problem fitting into the Suns’ plans, assuming they have cap space open.

Also, the Suns would acquire him for much less money than Gordon, making him that much more desirable.

Mayo has averaged 15.2 points per game over four seasons in Memphis, but that was in a role that didn’t require him to put up gaudy numbers.

If he's given the right amount of minutes and responsibility to carry the scoring load, the USC product should be more than ready to step in and make a difference.

With the Suns attempting to get better fast, Mayo fits the bill, as he can provide consistent scoring with really an unknown ceiling.