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OJ Mayo
Position: G
Born: 11/05/87
Height: 6-4 / 1.93
Weight:210 lbs. / 95.3 kg.
Salary: $8,000,000
The Bucks have dangled names like Ersan Ilyasova, O.J. Mayo and even big man John Henson in offers to other teams, so its clear the Bucks want to make a deal and with Sanders’ $11 million per year salary likely being stretched down to just over $2.1 million per year, the Bucks have some unexpected breathing room to take on a player that could command real money in July.
Milwaukee Bucks star O.J. Mayo has a $19k problem on his hands … because a charter airline company says he didn’t pony up the cash to fly — and put the crew in danger by using “illegal narcotics” … TMZ Sports has learned. According to a lawsuit filed today by Quantum Jets … Mayo booked a flight from Houston to L.A. on July 16th, but couldn’t pay for the entire flight. The airline agreed he could give them a down payment, and pay the rest the next day.
Q.Can O.J. Mayo return to form after his dismal initial season in Milwaukee? A. I haven’t had any discussions yet with him, but we’re looking to talk in the next couple days. I think the big thing with O.J. — I’ve known him since he was in high school — and he’s a great kid, loves the game of basketball. I don’t know exactly what happened with him last year. But when you look at him playing in Memphis, playing in Dallas, he was playing at a very high level. That’s our job, is to get him back there. He can score the ball. He can shoot the ball as well as anybody in the league.
Executives from multiple teams have been offered these players in trade talks and know that they could be had, according to league sources: O.J. Mayo of the Milwaukee Bucks, Tayshaun Prince of the Memphis Grizzlies, Jeremy Lin of the Houston Rockets and Austin Rivers of the New Orleans Pelicans. It’s not a big surprise that these players are available, as their names have surfaced in trade rumors repeatedly over the last year. But executives from multiple teams confirm that they are still on the block and may be traded at some point this offseason, if their respective teams can find a taker.
Mayo was plagued by injuries and personal issues and played in just 52 games this season. He shot a pedestrian 40.7 percent from the field and averaged 11.7 points. It’s no secret the Bucks would be willing to trade him, although that will be easier said than done because of his inflated contract. The Bucks don’t have a legitimate backup for Mayo, either. Brandon Knight, the team’s starting point guard, and rookies Nate Wolters and Giannis Antetokounmpo all masqueraded at times as two guards.
The marriage between the Bucks and O.J. Mayo has been unsavory so far. Mayo, who signed a three-year, $24 million deal in the offseason, hasn’t played since Jan. 25 because of poor conditioning. It is speculated that the Bucks want Mayo to lose 10 to 15 pounds before he hits the court again, and he has also been felled with flu-like symptoms recently. Of course, the worse the Bucks fare and the more quality players they hold out, the better their chances for the No. 1 overall pick to add to their young core. Mayo is averaging just 12.2 points per game and is shooting a career-worst 39.6 percent in 41 games for Milwaukee .
“You look around the league, you’ve got some teams that are defensive teams,” Mayo said. “You’ve got some teams like (Houston) and the Warriors that are offensive- minded, like Portland and Denver, they’re going to get up and down, spread the floor. You’ve got teams like Memphis, Chicago, physical, defensive-minded. Here we are at game 40, we don’t know what we are right now. It’s going to be hard to collect wins when you don’t know what to expect.”
“It’s the same thing it’s been night in and night out,” Mayo said. “it’s been the same result, whatever the game plan has been. It’s hard to get a rhythm when you don’t know what’s going to happen for you night in and night out. You may get 6 minutes, 30 minutes. There’s no staple to what we’re doing. You can hang in there, compete and keep it close. If you don’t have a backbone to what you do, whether it’s going to be a defensive thing, an up-tempo thing, a pound-it-in-the-paint thing, a drive-and-kick thing. We’ve got to find a staple as a team.”
Bucks teammates did their best to downplay what was an ugly scene in the visitors’ locker room. “Oh no, we’re good,” Bucks guard O.J. Mayo said. “A little team bonding, that’s all. A little kumbaya, man. “It’s all good. When things aren’t going well, that’s when the real men reveal their true colors. Are you a grinder? Are you going to roll your sleeves up and get it done? “People handle it different ways. We’re searching what do we need to do to get it going.”
O.J. Mayo’s contract with the Milwaukee Bucks runs all of three seasons, but that didn’t stop the talented NBA guard from putting down roots in Wisconsin. If nothing else, Mayo will be living comfortably during his stay in Brew City. The 26-year-old guard recently made a big-time purchase, picking up a five-acre property in the River Hills suburb of Milwaukee. Built in 1995, the home is a modern take on the Prairie School style and incorporates classic Prairie attributes such as horizontal lines, inlaid windows and a prominently pitched roof. It has five bedrooms, five bathrooms, two fireplaces and over 9,000 square feet of living space.
Mayo, who joined the Bucks in the offseason after signing a lucrative three-year, $24 million free agent contract, appears equally content. He has no regrets about choosing the Bucks over several other teams and not just because the Bucks’ gave him the best financial deal. “This is a great spot for me, a great destination for me and my family,” said Mayo, who grew up in Huntington, W. Va., before playing collegiately at Southern California and then in the NBA with Memphis and Dallas. “Hopefully, I can be an asset to this team, which I think I can be.”