I will be signing with dallas! #Mavsnation
— OJ Mayo (@JuiceMayo32) July 17, 2012
While the terms of the deal have yet to be fully disclosed, it appears that it will be a 2-year deal with a player option in the second year. The Mavericks have just over $4 million dollars in cap space remaining.
Mayo averaged 12.6 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.6 assists last season in Memphis. He’s seen his scoring numbers dip over the last 2 seasons in a bench role after starting the first 164 games of his 4-year career.
Grade for Mavericks: A
The biggest knack against the Dallas Mavericks these past few seasons has been the teams lack of “youth movement” after relying so heavily on veteran players in their mid-to-late thirties for several years.
It appears now that the tides have turned.
Only 2 players remain from the 2011 championship team (Dirk Nowitzki and Shawn Marion). This roster has been completely revamped from head to toe (Chris Kaman, Darren Collison, Dahntay Jones, Elton Brand, 3 2012 rookies and Mayo).
The signing of O.J Mayo shows that the Mavericks not only want to remain in the upper-echelon of teams in the Western Conference for the foreseeable future, but that they now have a clear and precise outlook for what their long-term future beholds.
Barring the re-signing of SG Delonte West, Mayo could very well find himself in the starting lineup next season along with Collison, Marion, Nowitzki and Kaman.
O.J had the best years of his young career as a starter in Memphis. His numbers steadily decreased from 18.5 and 17.5 to 11.3 and 12.6 points a game after being demoted if you will to a bench role.
His shooting percentage did drop down from 45% to 41% in 2012, but a change of scenery and a larger role on a more experienced team could be just what the doctor ordered.
Mayo will take over the role Jason Terry once had for this team, whether it’s as a starter or the Mavs 6th man. He will give Dallas instant offense, perimeter scoring and a youthful explosiveness to the basket that hasn’t seen on the wings in quite a while.
It’s a match made in heaven. What started off as a rocky and somewhat depressing offseason (loss of Jason Kidd and Jason Terry, no Deron Williams) for the franchise has now taken a complete 180.
There is now a new found hope in Dallas for next season and beyond.
Christopher Walder is a sports blogger and lead editor for Sir Charles in Charge. You may follow him on Twitter @WalderSports