Even though the 2012 NBA Draft is over, NBA rumors are still flying. The latest rumors are surrounding OJ Mayo and the Boston Celtics. The Memphis Grizzlies did not extend an offer to Mayo, which makes him an unrestricted free agent.
I expect that the Celtics go hard after Mayo because they need a guy to come off the bench. Mayo would be a perfect combo guard to back up Rajon Rondo and Avery Bradley. If one of those two guys gets hurt, you can slide Mayo into the starting lineup. Sounds like a perfect fit if you ask me.
The Celtics had a good draft, so they are certainly still contenders. If Kevin Garnett returns, I expect the team to be better than last year. Rondo took steps forward, the rookies are going to learn from one of the best and Doc Rivers is still a great coach. Mayo fits in perfectly with the team.
Mayo is going to have a lot of suitors but I think the Celtics just make too much sense. There are rumors of a possible sign and trade involving Brandon Bass, but I would hold on to him if I am the Celtics. Bring in Mayo for whatever he wants and you have a team that can contend for a title. If that is the eventual goal, giving away Bass is just a horrible idea.
Free agency starts on July 1st so more NBA rumors are going to pop up. It’s a fun time.