NBA Rumors: Dallas Mavericks Could Win Big With O.J. Mayo, Eric Bledsoe Sign-and-Trade

 

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Not many are as high on free agent swingman O.J. Mayo as the Dallas Mavericks still appear to be. While the team may want to bring him back, he could demand more than they are willing to pay.

It has been reported, though, that the Mavericks could be looking to execute a sign-and-trade with Mayo in effort to pair Dwight Howard up with some more talent should Dallas lure in the big man:

Just who could the Mavericks be looking to pair with Howard? Well, like Stein said they cannot make any other signings at the moment. But, don’t count out the possibility of bringing in an attractive name with this Mayo deal:

Eric Bledsoe, in my mind, would be an improvement over Mayo. He is a great shooter both from inside and outside the arc, which Mayo had also shown flashes of being especially last year. But, the more dynamic aspect of Bledsoe makes him more appealing. He brings an incredibly athletic arsenal to the table and is much more aggressive all the way around.

Bledsoe also brings defense, averaging 1.4 steals per game last season and can also block a shot or two here and there. Mayo, a bigger body than Bledsoe, posted less efficient defensive numbers last season in comparison.

Bledsoe is two years younger and said to have much more upside than Mayo at this point in his career. The Los Angeles Clippers simply have too many guys they can plug into their system and Bledsoe just doesn’t have a chance to get significant minutes outside of a mere rotation guy. In Dallas, he could really flourish if given the opportunity.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior NBA Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter  @ryanmheckman, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

 

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  • SportsGenius705

    Bulls made a huge mistake by not getting Mayo last year. Really under-rated guy off the bench.

    • Ryan Heckman

      In part, I agree. He could have provided another dimension to the Bulls especially with Rose gone. I am not too high on Mayo overall, though. He would have demanded more money than the Bulls could offer.

      • SportsGenius705

        Guys coming off the bench that can provide you with the ability to score is huge.

  • Ryan Heckman

    I agree. However, I don’t think the Bulls would have spent the money. They are pretty cheap outside of their core group.

    • Brett R

      The Bulls need to trade Deng, open up the cap. He’s as expendable as it gets with Buckets being the future at the 3. Snell in the mix? It’s clear to me that the Bulls need to get a few guys that can score consistently. Aldridge? Monta Ellis?

      Can’t do anything with Deng and Boozer’s contracts on the books.

      • Ryan Heckman

        I would like to see them extend Deng actually. That would clear some room.

        • Brett R

          If Deng is making around 5-6M per year, he’s an outstanding piece to a great team. If you’re telling me the Bulls are going to extend him at 17M or Andre Igudala money…they will never win a title. Deng cannot carry a team. The bulls need to add some guys that can.

          • Ryan Heckman

            Defensively he and Noah carry the team. Deng is so underrated. Huge glue guy. Offensively, no.

          • Brett R

            Defensively, he’s obviously one of the better guys in the league, but again- he can’t carry a team and he wants the kind of money guys get who CAN carry a team. I think the Bulls are smart enough to see through it…and another reason why drafted Snell- who is a lot like Deng/Buckets.

            Again, if you’re telling me the Bulls are gonna get him for 5M a year…I’m in. If he’s getting more than that…dangle him and see what you can find.

          • Ryan Heckman

            I have been an advocate for the Bulls shopping Deng for a while now. With that said, I don’t think Butler is at the point where he can successfully do everything Luol can just yet. He will be, I believe it. If Chicago can extend Deng for no more than $8 million per year I am in. Right now he is making $14 million this season.

          • Farva55

            I agree with Brett R. I could see the Bulls not wanting to bring Deng back at 15M a year. I also would see that as a mistake.

          • Ryan Heckman

            I can’t either, I think you are right. I would look for them to make a move now or right up around the deadline next season.

          • Farva55

            Either way…go Celtics! Sigh. Not for awhile.

          • Brett R

            I would imagine top value would be trying to move him now…would look like a dump at the deadline and who knows how valuable that would be…

          • The Whole Nine Nards

            Good luck getting a guy who made the All-Star team to take $5m per year.

          • Brett R

            He won’t take 5M a year which is why I hope the Bulls trade him. I’ve been saying that for 2 years now…hasn’t changed.

          • The Whole Nine Nards

            I don’t know how he feels…but I’ve never read anything that suggests he wants to be paid like a guy carrying the team. It’s D-Rose’s team everyone in Chicago knows that. Deng is not someone who can carry a team, but Rose is there to do just that. Just add reliable scorers to the current roster and the Bulls are dangerous. They were the No. 1 seed when Rose was Healthy.

          • Brett R

            Deng wants Andre Iggy money.