Originally Posted by BillDoran
I like this move by the Mavs. I've heard rumors that the deal is in the ballpark of 2 yrs/$8 mil. If that's true, it's a steal. I like Mayo. Not sure why the league seems to be so lukewarm on him.
Attitude concerns and he has never really scratched the surface on how good he can be.
I've followed OJ Mayo since the 7th grade when he was playing at Rose Hill Christian School in Ashland, KY. At 7th grade, he dominated even at the high school level and went on to do the same in Cincinnati. His teammate at Rose Hill and North College Hill, Bill Walker (who now plays for the Knicks), was declared ineligible for his senior year and went to Kansas State a year early. Mayo went to Huntington High and teamed up with Patrick Patterson. Mayo's senior season was noted for bumping a ref, although you could argue the ref flopped, and throwing the ball into the stands in the national championship game before the game was even over.
OJ is a great talent and could be one of the best, but he has had shady handlers and got USC in a lot of trouble. Throw in a fight with another player while with the Grizzlies and testing positive for a steroid and receiving a 10 game suspension and that's why teams are leery of Mayo.