LAS VEGAS - JULY 24: O.J. Mayo #5 of the 2010 USA Basketball Men's National Team dunks during a USA Basketball showcase at the Thomas & Mack Center on July 24 2010 in Las Vegas Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Back in January, the Nets and Grizzlies talked about a deal for O.J. Mayo, who Memphis wanted to deal in hopes of getting something back for him before financial considerations forced them to wish him well in free agency. The Nets liked Mayo in part because he was an expiring contract and they were looking to dump Anthony Morrow or Jordan Farmar.
Now, both motivations seem to have changed. Mayo is averaging 18.5 points in the playoffs thus far, and shooting a torrid 46.3% from deep. At 24, his value continues to improve. The Nets would have to offer him a long-term contract in free agency (and hope Memphis didn't match), thus eliminating any salary cap relief he would have given them.
HoopsWorld lists Brooklyn as one of five teams likely to go after Mayo, along with Boston, Indiana, Portland and Phoenix. HW notes the Nets like Marshon Brooks at the two but argues Brooks was doing well back in January, too.
NBA AM: O.J. Mayo’s Free Agency Value Rising - Lang Greene - HoopsWorld