It was no secret that O.J. Mayo was on the Memphis Grizzlies' trading block leading up to the February 24th deadline. In fact, a deal had been struck between the Grizzlies and the Indiana Pacers to move Mayo for Josh McRoberts and a 2011 first-round pick. The deal was too late and wasn't executed.
Four months later, is Mayo still available?
Memphis showed their intention to move own with the shooting guard position by drafting Kansas' Xavier Henry with their 12th overall pick. Furthermore, Mayo was delegated to bench duty after head coach Lionel Hollins opted for the defensive-minded guards Sam Young and Tony Allen.
In today's NBA, it wouldn't have surprised me at all to see Mayo start tweeting how unhappy he was. It wouldn't have surprised me if he chose to take a lot of plays off on defense when he did make it on the court. It wouldn't have surprised me if he decided to show up late to early morning shoot-arounds.
It would have surprised me, though, to see him take it all in stride. And that's exactly what he did.
Mayo came up big in times in the playoffs, and I was extremely impressed with his spirit. If the Grizzlies decide to shop him around, I've got four huge reasons why he would do your team good.