OJ Mayo Announces He Will Sign with Dallas Mavericks

Sam R. QuinnSenior Analyst IIIJuly 16, 2012

MEMPHIS, TN - APRIL 29: O.J. Mayo #32 of the Memphis Grizzlies celebrates after making a three point shot against the Los Angeles Clippers in Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs at FedExForum on April 29, 2012 in Memphis, Tennessee.  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 Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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The trend of players announcing their new destination on Twitter continues.

Free-agent shooting guard O.J. Mayo recently announced via Twitter that he will be a member of the Dallas Mavericks next season:

I will be signing with dallas! #Mavsnation

— OJ Mayo (@JuiceMayo32) July 17, 2012


Mayo was rumored to have been interested in numerous teams, but he'll join the Mavs and provide a much-needed outside shooting presence to fill the void left by the departure of longtime Dallas staple Jason Terry to Boston.

Mark Cuban and the Mavericks were having a relatively quiet offseason up until the last few days. Within the last week, the team brought in Elton Brand after he was amnestied by the Philadelphia 76ers, reportedly signed Chris Kaman and came to terms on a sign-and-trade to acquire Darren Collison from the Indiana Pacers.

The most exciting of all has to be Mayo, as he has arguably the brightest future of any player the Mavericks have taken on this offseason. 

After playing just under 27 minutes per game for the Memphis Grizzlies last season, Mayo should see an increased role in Dallas, as Vince Carter is on his last legs and could certainly use some more time on the bench at 35 years old.

The 24-year-old USC product has scored 15.2 points a night over his four-year career, but saw his numbers drop in the last two seasons as the Grizzlies began to use him as more of a role player.

More concerning for the Mavs is his decline in shooting percentage. Mayo shot 45.8 percent from the field in his sophomore campaign, but that number fell to under 41 percent over the last two seasons.

Either way, Mayo is a nice grab for Dallas. He'll provide explosiveness and a perimeter threat for the Mavericks as they look to carry out a youth movement after a first-round exit in last year's playoffs.