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

By Ryan Heckman


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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 Follow him on Twitter  @ryanmheckman, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.


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