Milwaukee Bucks Must Sign O.J. Mayo to Multi-Year Deal

By Michael Terrill
Milwaukee Bucks Must Sign O.J. Mayo to Multi-Year Deal
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The Milwaukee Bucks are reportedly interested in signing free-agent shooting guard O.J. Mayo. The deal that is supposedly close to being finished must go through. The Bucks have no choice but to bring in a top-notch shooting guard in order to make up for losing Monta Ellis to free agency and J.J. Redick in a botched trade.

The Memphis Grizzlies made the 25-year-old the third overall selection in the 2008 NBA Draft. He played four years with the Grizzlies in which he struggled in his last two seasons with the team. After Memphis did not give Mayo a qualifying offer, he signed with the Dallas Mavericks last summer.

Mayo posted one of the best seasons of his career in 2012-13. He averaged 15.3 points, 4.4 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game. He also managed to shoot 44.9 percent from the field and a career-high 40.7 percent from beyond the arc in 82 starts. The Mavericks have made it very clear they do not intend to bring him back next season, which means the Bucks have a legitimate shot at reeling him in with the right offer.

There is certainly plenty to like about the five-year player for those wondering why Milwaukee should sign Mayo after two teams essentially gave up on him. For starters, he is able to drive the lane and be productive in the paint, something Ellis and Redick did not do so well. He also is more productive from long range than Ellis, and his offensive numbers put Redick’s to shame.

I believe because Mayo and point guard Brandon Jennings have different styles it will benefit the Bucks greatly. They should be able to work together in the backcourt with ease as long as they understand their role. If Jennings could take less ridiculous shots and play the point guard position the way he is capable of doing, then Milwaukee could be a very dangerous team, especially with Mayo being a legitimate scoring threat.

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