So why would the Memphis Grizzles openly shop O.J. Mayo prior to the Feb. 24th trade deadline last season?
The reason is simple.
At this point in Mayo’s career, Memphis believes that he holds more value in trade for the Grizzlies than he does in career contribution.
The various off-court issues definitely didn’t help matters either.
One incident occurred on Nov. 20th, 2010, when Mayo got into a fight during a return flight from Los Angeles with teammate Tony Allen over a card game debt.
Another incident took place on Jan. 27th, 2010, when the NBA suspended Mayo for 10 games due to violating the league’s anti-drug program. Finally, Mayo blamed an over the counter supplement for the failed test.
Regardless of the various off-court transgressions, Memphis made it apparent that they have prepared themselves to move Mayo in drafting Kansas’ Xavier Henry 12th overall in the 2010 NBA draft.
An impact player like O.J. Mayo was too great a talent for some teams to pass up.
Here’s where the Indiana Pacers come in.
Prior to the aforementioned deadline the Pacers and Grizzlies agreed in principle to a deal that would send Indiana’s first-round selection in 2011 and Josh McRoberts to Memphis for the services of O.J. Mayo.
The deal was never fully completed, and the trade deadline came and went.
Do the Indiana Pacers as an organization still have thier eye on the troubled talent?
Are the Memphis Grizzlies even still interested in shopping Mayo?
In the monotonously exploitative time of the NBA lockout, fans and analysts alike are left with nothing but questions and projections.
Here are five reasons why I project the Indiana Pacers to take another hard look at the skill set that a talent like O.J. Mayo can bring to the table.