Chicago Bulls: Should They Trade for O.J. Mayo to Solve SG Issues?

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Chicago Bulls: Should They Trade for O.J. Mayo to Solve SG Issues?
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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. 

One creative but long-shot solution might be trading for the Memphis Grizzlies' O.J. Mayo

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. 

The 6'4" Mayo, worth over $4.45 million this year, was shopped around twice last season when the Grizzlies tried to trade him to the Golden State Warriors for Monta Ellis

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. 

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He is a good scorer that could make shots and create opportunities off the dribble. He can use screens well and will benefit from being set up by Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah

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. 

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