UPDATE: According to reports, this deal has fallen apart and Mayo will remain in Memphis for now.
The Indiana Pacers have been after guard O.J. Mayo for a while now. The Pacers had a deal in place to acquire Mayo at the trade deadline last season before the Memphis Grizzlies pulled out of the deal at the last minute. Apparently the Grizzlies are finally ready to pull the trigger, as Mayo is heading to Indiana in exchange for forward Josh McRoberts and guard Brandon Rush, according to Hoopsword.com.
After starting every game in his first two seasons after being drafted 3rd overall in 2008, Mayo was reduced to a reserve role in 2010-2011. Mayo started in only 17 pf the 71 games he appeared in and averaged only 11.3 ppg, well below his average of 18.0 ppg in his first 2 seasons. Mayo was also involved in a confrontation with teammate Tony Allen where the two got into a fight over a card game. Mayo was also suspended 10 games by the NBA last season for a failed drug test. Mayo, 23, is a capable scorer at the guard position that can create his own shot and can carry a team offensively at times when he gets hot. Mayo’s scoring fills a much needed role for the Pacers, giving the team a consistent perimeter threat to compliment all-star Danny Granger.
McRoberts had his best season as a pro last year, averaging 7.2 ppg and 5.3 rpg in 72 games for the Pacers, 51 starts. Brandon Rush averaged 9.1 ppg for the Pacers last season while shooting .417 from three-point range.
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