O.J. Mayo to sign with Dallas Mavericks, Mayo writes on Twitter
O.J. Mayo announced on his Twitter feed Monday night that he will sign with the Dallas Mavericks, joining a roster that has been drastically overhauled this offseason.
I will be signing with dallas! #Mavsnation
— OJ Mayo (@JuiceMayo32) July 17, 2012
Yahoo Sports' Marc J. Spears reported on Sunday that the free agent Mayo had also drawn interest from the Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Bulls and Phoenix Suns. The Suns had been expected to make a strong push after losing out on restricted free agent Eric Gordon, whose offer sheet was matched by the New Orleans Hornets.
The 24-year-old Mayo earned $5.6 million last season with the Memphis Grizzlies, and terms of the deal weren't immediately disclosed. He averaged 12.6 points and 3.2 rebounds per game last season with the Grizzlies.
The Mavericks have claimed forward Elton Brand off waivers and signed center Chris Kaman and now Mayo after losing out on their biggest free-agent target, Brooklyn Nets guard Deron Williams. Dallas also picked up shooting guard Dahntay Jones and point guard Darren Collison. They lost guards Jason Terry to the Boston Celtics and Jason Kidd to the New York Knicks in free agency.
UPDATE (12:40 a.m. ET): ESPN.com's Jeff Caplan that Mayo's deal is for two years. The second year is a player option.
Mayo deal is 2 years with second being a player option.
— Jeff Caplan (@ESPN_Caplan) July 17, 2012
Meanwhile, Mavs owner Mark Cuban replied to Mayo via Twitter to welcome his team's newest addition:
@JuiceMayo32. Welcome to the family OJ. We are fired up !! MFFL Mavs/Mayo Fan For Life ! — Mark Cuban (@mcuban) July 17, 2012