The Memphis Grizzlies have discussed trading former first round pick O.J. Mayo to the Indiana Pacers for role players Josh McRoberts and Brandon Rush, according to Mike Wells of the Indianapolis Star.
The Pacers, who clinched the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference last season with a 37-45 record, have been busy during the NBA’s shortened offseason. This weekend they signed former All-Star big man David West to a two-year $20 million deal, and now they have appeared to set their sights on the scoring prowess of Mayo.
Mayo, 24, has averaged 16.0 points per game in his first three seasons since the Grizzlies selected him No. 3 overall in the 2008 NBA draft. The former USC standout saw his role with the club decline last season, however, seeing his minutes per game drop from 38:00 in 2009-10, to 26:28 in 2010-11. Mayo averaged just 11.3 points and 2.4 assists per game in limited playing time, marking career worsts in every major offensive category.
The Pacers had just two backcourt players average 10-or-more points per game last season. The acquisition of Mayo would drastically relieve the scoring load from standout swingman Danny Granger.