According to Memphis Commercial Appeal via Yahoo! Sports, the New Jersey Nets have been talking with the minds of the Memphis Grizzlies organization to acquire Memphis guard O.J. Mayo in a trade that will send Anthony Morrow, Jordan Farmar, a draft pick and cash to Memphis in-exchange for the fourth-year guard.
The Nets are looking to remove some salary from their team in order to pursue Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard during free agency. Morrow is going to earn $4 million this year and is guaranteed for $4 million next season while Mayo is making $5.6 this season and is in the final year of his rookie contract. He also had a qualifying offer for the 2012-13 season.
The Grizzlies are not looking to keep Mayo on their team, at least is does not seem that way. Memphis had already locked up four key players including Marc Gasol, Mike Conley, Rudy Gay and Zach Randolph.
The other factor is that if the Nets do indeed acquire Mayo, will that be enough to keep Deron Williams and entice Dwight Howard or will the Nets even try to keep Mayo on for the 2012-13 season? There are a lot of questions to be answered if this deal does go down. For now, it’s just a rumor.
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