O.J. Mayo has a decision to make this offseason in whether or not he wants to return to the Dallas Mavericks. Mayo has stated that he would like to return to Dallas next season, and I would have to believe that the Mavericks need Mayo more than the other way around. The Mavericks are an aging team with no real superstars outside of Dirk Nowitzki, and without Mayo next season Dallas could easily sink to 35 wins and far away from the playoffs. The Mavs must make a push to get Mayo back under contract.
He finished the season starting in all 82 games while averaging 15.3 points per game. He really struggled down the stretch though with the team out of playoff contention, scoring just ten points combined in the last two games. Mayo may have only taken six shots in each of those games, but you want those numbers to be higher. I believe that this will come down to money like everything else does these days. He made just over $4 million this year. I would have to believe that Mayo will want at least $6-8 million a season going forward.
There is zero doubt of the talent that Mayo has. He has had that for his entire career, but people will always be leery of a player who has opted out of his contract for two straight years now. You want a player who is committed to where he is going. Dallas is the place that Mayo is needed most for the success of the team. The Mavericks need to extend a four-year deal for around $30 million and see if Mayo wants it. I’m not sure if anyone else is going to want to pay Mayo much more than that or if another team needs Mayo more than Dallas does.