Chicago Bulls: Should They Pursue O.J. Mayo in the Offseason?

Ryan Neiman@RyanNAnthony Contributor IIIMarch 10, 2011

PHOENIX - NOVEMBER 05:  O.J. Mayo #32 of the Memphis Grizzlies puts up a 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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The Chicago Bulls tried to trade for O.J. Mayo before the trade deadline passed, but they were unsuccessful in coming to equal terms for the USC product with the Memphis Grizzlies.

The Bulls were unwilling to part ways with several key players on their team in order to make an appeasing trade with Grizzlies' general manager, Chris Wallace.

When push finally came to shove, the Bulls decided it was not worth shoving back.

I applaud the Bulls for deciding to keep their roster intact in order to secure strong team chemistry. 

However, with the failed attempt to land Mayo during the regular season, should the Bulls try one more time to pursue Mayo in the offseason?

I say, why bother?

The Grizzlies' asking price was high before, while Mayo was underperforming. Why would the Grizzlies want less in return for him just a couple months later?

The Bulls knew what they were doing when they wanted to hold onto Omer Asik and Taj Gibson, with the thought that both of these players would evolve into game-changing performers.

Who would have thought the Bulls were fortune-tellers too?

Asik has been terrific defending the post and he been a huge surprise on the rebounding side of the game.

Gibson, a USC alum, has been a great spark off the bench, both offensively and defensively.

If the Bulls were to trade both of these players for Mayo, it would be hard to believe the Bulls would be sitting as a No. 2 seed today.

Let's not forget Mayo would be bringing some heavy luggage with him.

Mayo was suspended earlier this season for 10 games because he tested positive for banned substances.

It gets worse.

Mayo apparently was in a scuffle with his fellow teammate, Tony Allen, after a gambling dispute on a plane.  

Mayo was seen the next day with a beautiful black eye.

Before Mayo was suspended, he was struggling on the floor, which eventually moved him to a comfortable seat on the bench.

The Bulls do not need a headache on their team, especially with Derrick Rose becoming the face of the NBA.

Mayo may be young, but he has enough problems on his plate for the Bulls to handle. This is the type of player the Chicago Bulls do not want in their clubhouse.

If the Bulls were to acquire Mayo, whose antics would become a regular occurrence, it would jeopardize the core of this Chicago team.

We have seen in numerous times in sports, where a team believes it can change an emotional and damaged player, only to have it all backfire.

Take a look at the Chicago Cubs when they signed the fiery Milton Bradley: The Cubs truly felt the volcano inside Bradley was extinct, but the only thing that proved to be extinct was their intelligence.  

It is not any secret the Chicago Bulls need help at the shooting guard position.

But do they desperately need the help?


The Bulls are doing an excellent job right now with what they have and it is not because they have a deep bench; it's because of their coach of the year candidate, Tom Thibodeau.

He has done such a remarkable job getting the most out of his players; he demands excellence only from his squad. The Bulls are very fortunate to have Thibodeau at the helm for years to come because he knows how to develop players. 

The Bulls have two possible alternatives rather than trading for Mayo.

They can find the solution internally from their organization with the upcoming draft or they could possibly sign a free agent during the offseason, who would bring in more answers than question marks.

O.J. has a bright future and he has the potential to be a star.

However, landing him in a trade brings more uncertainties than a resolution.

For now, hold the Mayo.


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