It's no secret the Chicago Bulls are lacking a true starting shooting guard and they are almost at wits end to find a solution because Ronnie Brewer, Kyle Korver and Keith Bogans simply aren't cutting it.
A third-year guard out of USC, Mayo is in an awkward position. He is considered the fourth most important piece in the Grizzlies' nucleus behind Zach Randolph, Marc Gasol and Rudy Gay. Gay was signed for big money and Gasol and Randolph are looking for similar deals.
Also, Memphis point guard Mike Conley was signed for five years and $45 million, which might make signing Mayo more difficult when his contract expires after this season.
Despite these trade rumors, Mayo continues to produce. This season, he is posting 15.5 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists per night. He averaged 17.5 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.1 assists a game in 2009-10.
Mayo plays physical defense and is a lock-down defender on Western Conference scoring guards. His defensive style would fit in nicely with the fast-paced system that Bulls' head coach Tom Thibodeau employs.
What is the likelihood that O.J. Mayo could come to Chicago?
The Bulls could possibly trade Ronnie Brewer, James Johnson and a first round draft pick for Mayo since the Grizzlies have a high probability of not resigning him. If Johnson does not work, Taj Gibson could be possible trade bait.
Mayo would then be part of a scary starting lineup that would consist of Derrick Rose, himself, Luol Deng, Boozer and Noah.
Maybe General Mananger Gar Forman should be reading this because acquiring Mayo would be much better than prolonging shooting guard roulette with Brewer, Korver and Bogans.