NBA Trade Rumors: O.J. Mayo Remains a Grizzly, Tony Allen Needs Twitter Reminder

Tom Firme@TFirmeAnalyst IIDecember 14, 2011

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O.J. Mayo is staying with the Memphis Grizzlies, and, telling by the recurrence of failed trades, Mayo looks like he'll play out his Grizzlies contract. The purported trade was blown dead—even before Tony Allen tweeted that it was done—and Grizzlies owner Michael Heisley said that Mayo is staying put.

Meanwhile, Allen looks like he'll have a lecture from Lionel Hollins.

Seeing reports that the Grizzlies had traded Mayo to the Indiana Pacers for Josh McRoberts and Brandon Rush after Heisley had said that Mayo wouldn't be traded was strange enough. Seeing that the original source of information was Tony Allen's Twitter account was even stranger.

Allen jumped ahead on Tuesday, tweeting that the trade had gone through. Allen tweeted, "My brother from another mother!! Much love homie I hope u understand this ish but keep that same Grind:: ima miss u G."

For those would don't understand what he relayed in that message, the next tweet explained more. Allen tweeted, "Well I know everybody done heard about the trade!!wanna take this time to Welcome my new teammates :: b rush and josh mc roberts!!"

No, Mr. Allen, everybody hadn't heard about the trade. Before anyone could say "Hamed Haddadi's work visa" scores of news outlets had jumped on the story. Hoopsworld was first to report the story based on his statement.

Soon, Allen had to retract his statement. After Sports Illustrated's Zach Lowe and Hoopsworld's Alex Kennedy inquired about it, Allen responded to Kennedy and then responded to Lowe that it was a "false alarm."

All of a sudden, Mayo, who has been batted around in many trade rumors, is not moving. Allen found himself the culprit of spreading false news. With a few strokes of his fingers, Allen joined the class of the person Jim Gray supposed to be Allen Iverson's wife, Kirk Herbstreit and many others.

This could bring repercussions.


Lionel Hollins Needs To Give Allen a Social Media Lesson

Every year, coaches give their players instructions in how to interact with the media. Coaches instruct them on good and bad things to say. Often, examples are given. In his first memoir, Sacred Hoops, Phil Jackson said that Hubie Brown (long before his days coaching the Grizzlies) read press clippings to the team to guilt trip players.

Social media tips are a new thing, just as the realm of social media itself. Coaches have to instruct players about what can and can't be posted. Running commentary of games like Charlie Villanueva's during a Milwaukee Bucks game is a prime example of things players are instructed not to do.

Allen's mistake will be preached about across the NBA before the season tips off on Dec. 25.

Surely, Hollins will issue a warning to Allen about the ethics of using his Twitter account, as well as other social media accounts. Also, he'll likely warn Allen against announcing deals through social media.

Most organizations require employees to wait and let the organization make the announcement before they make statements about it. Interestingly, this free agency period has seen players like Shane Battier and Marc Gasol announce their signings via Twitter.

Nevertheless, Hollins will need to remind Allen to stay quiet on business matters unless something is official.


O.J. Mayo Will Play Out His Contract

Mayo has been bandied about in trade rumors since before the trade deadline last season. One rumor, according to Comcast Sports Net Chicago had him going to the Chicago Bulls. Another put him in a three-team scenario of the Carmelo Anthony trade.

In the offseason, he was once again mentioned in trade rumors involving the Bulls, where the Grizzlies would have received Omer Asik or Taj Gibson.

None of this, nor a trade to the Pacers, came to fruition.

This leads one to believe that he won't go anywhere before he becomes a restricted free agent at the end of the season. If Chris Wallace can't find any scenarios with enough value, then Mayo can't possibly be leaving Memphis. 

Besides, Heisley told the Commercial Appeal in an interview that he didn't want Wallace to deal Mayo. Then, Wallace informed Heisley that the Grizzlies had an abundance of guards and might be able to get something good in return. With that, Heisley let Wallace proceed.

Maybe Heisley officially put his foot down once and for all on the Mayo deals. Heisley might like Mayo too much to let him go. Also, as an impassioned businessman, he might be too miffed by Allen's tweets to let the talks continue.

Often, when an employee messes up a business deal, a businessperson calls it off, considering the deal soiled.

Hence, Mayo will continue to play with the Grizzlies. He'll take further defensive instruction from Allen and grind it out on the court with his Grizzlies teammates.

If anything changes, people will want to consult a source other than Allen's Twitter account.