New Jersey Nets Discussing Deal For O.J. Mayo
The New Jersey Nets have offered two potential trades to the Memphis Grizzlies for guard O.J. Mayo, sources have told the New York Post.
In one trade, the Nets would reportedly send point guard Jordan Farmar and a draft pick in return for Mayo. In another, the team would straight up trade Anthony Marrow for the former lottery pick, the Post reports.
The 3-10 Nets are in desperate need of scoring power after last year’s leading scorer, Brook Lopez, suffered a stress fracture in his right foot during preseason. While Mayo has seen his role diminish over time with the Grizzlies, it is still believed that the 24-year-old can be a major scorer in this league.
Mayo 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 begin 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 in 2010-11, marking career worsts in every major offensive category. This season Mayo has played in just 23:36 minutes per game and is averaging just 10.7 points.