2010-11 Stats: 11.3 PPG, 40.7 FG%, 36.4 3PT%, 2.4 RPG, 2.0 APG, 1.0 SPG, 0.4 BPG
Career Stats: 16.0 PPG, 43.8 FG%, 37.8 3PT%, 3.4 RPG, 2.8 APG, 1.1 SPG, 0.2 BPG
Here we get into some of the top-tier players that the Bulls have been rumored to be in discussions for. O.J. Mayo enjoyed two successful years with the Memphis Grizzlies before being benched in his third to Tony Allen. He is an excellent jump shooter, and he shoots well in traffic as well as while in motion.
His name had surfaced in a lot of teams' trade talks around the trade deadline, the Bulls included. In fact, there was a deal in place that nearly sent him to the Indiana Pacers for Josh McRoberts and a pick, but it fell through, being processed just minutes after the deadline had passed. Because of this, many people believe that the Bulls can get him at a reasonable asking price.
Why It's a Bad Idea
The only concern I have with Mayo is his character. A quick scan of his Wikipedia page shows that, during his college career, he received money from his childhood mentor that was in direct violation of NCAA rules, and as a result, USC had to forfeit its 21 wins on the season.
Also, he was involved in a fight with Tony Allen over a gambling debt last year. Finally, he tested positive for a steroid substance and was suspended 10 games as a result.
Of course, there's no way to predict or know whether or not he has cleaned up his act, but why take that risk? Character issues aside, Mayo fits the Bulls' needs very well, being a good shooter and shot creator. But the likelihood that the Bulls can acquire him without giving up essential pieces in the process is very small.
Memphis is very strong at the 2 and 3 spots. They are weak in the frontcourt, so it is likely that they would demand Omer Asik or Taj Gibson in a deal. Combine that with his character issues, and it becomes quite a gamble. Since the Bulls have been known to be conservative, I don't expect them to take the chance, and rightfully so.