Imagine if the Boston Celtics had signed O.J. Mayo last off season, like a lot of rumors were suggesting for quite some time. He is having a great year for the Dallas Mavericks, averaging 21 points per game and finally starting to live up to the hype that has followed him since high school.
Mayo was arguably one of the most well-known high school basketball players of all time and was labeled as a prodigy along with Lebron James. He ended up playing at USC for one season before eventually being drafted by the Memphis Grizzlies. This is the year that he is finally starting to break out as a legitimate player.
The Celtics heavily courted Mayo this past off-season and there were some people who felt that Boston had a legitimate chance of signing him. I think people were just a tad optimistic thinking Mayo would take the mid-level exception, but I think some felt that they could get him for a similar contract that Courtney Lee agreed to a little later on in the summer. Mayo would have initially been targeted to come off the bench for the green, but with the way the season has transpired thus far, he would have absolutely been the team’s starting shooting guard with how he well he has been playing.
This would have also been good news in the sense that the team would have never signed Lee, who has been a huge bust in his first year in Boston. Mayo is a far superior player to Lee and would have given the team an even more potent scoring option in its rotation.
It is a shame that the Celtics were not able to sign him because he would have been the type of piece that would have really put this team over the top.
Rob Lunder covers the Boston Celtics for Rant Sports. For all Celtics news go to the team homepage on Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @rlunder18