2013 NBA Free Agency: Denver Nuggets and O.J. Mayo a Match?

By Ryan Heckman
Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The changes keep coming for the Denver Nuggets. Not only have they lost their reigning NBA Coach of the Year in George Karl, but arguably their best player has decided to opt-out of the final year of his contract. Andre Iguodala informed the team he plans to test free agency instead of playing out the final year of his deal.

This leaves the Nuggets in a tough spot. With Corey Brewer set to become a free agent as well, Denver is going to have to address the wing position either via the Draft or free agency. There are a few decent options hitting the market and could be well-worth taking a look.

One of the more intriguing options for Denver would be current Dallas Mavericks shooting guard O.J. Mayo. Having not produced at the level he was thought to have the ability to play at, Mayo has been a bit more of a project. With both the Mavericks and the Memphis Grizzlies, Mayo has been more of a streaky shooter and hasn’t lived up to his potential.

The positive side for Mayo is that he enjoyed his best year in the last three seasons most recently with the Mavericks. Averaging 15.3 points per game on 45 percent shooting, he greatly improved from where he was at in Memphis two years ago.

The best part of his improvement came from beyond the arc. Mayo shot the ball over 40 percent from three point range last season, his highest production since entering the NBA.

Without Iguodala next season, the Nuggets will definitely lose out of one of the league’s better defenders. Mayo likely wouldn’t prove as valuable on that end, but his offensive production could be well worth the signing. Not only that, but he will likely be a bit cheaper than Iguodala.

There are several options for the Nuggets this summer when it comes to addressing the wing spots. Mayo is just one of them, but could be a potential fit and is absolutely worth looking into.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior NBA writer for RantSports.com also contributing to the NFL. Follow him on Twitter @ryanmheckman  or add him to your network on Google.

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