Can the Milwaukee Bucks Dump O.J. Mayo?
The Milwaukee Bucks are in full tank mode and may end with the worst record in the league. With the trade deadline approaching it’s time to clean house. O.J. Mayo and his three-year deal is a great place to start.
Mayo was a key free agent signing prior to this season, part (along with Brandon Knight) of the replacement of last year’s ill-fitting Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis backcourt. His current deal with the Bucks has him scheduled to make $8 million in each of the next three years.
Last season with the Dallas Mavericks, Mayo started all 82 games, averaging over 15 points and four assists per game. More importantly, his field goal percentage was 44.9 percent and three-point percentage over 40 percent. This season Mayo has only started 23 of 41 games, and his points, assists, field goal percentage and three-point percentage are all down. Yes, he has battled injuries all year, but it doesn’t change the fact that the Bucks are on the books for $16 million over the next two seasons for a regressing and out of shape shooting guard.
Is Mayo really as bad as he has played this season? Hopefully not and hopefully the injuries have played a major role (assuming he is able to recover). Can he get back to being healthy and an important part of the Bucks future is really the question. Right now his contract does not look good given his current minutes.
The reality is no one is taking Mayo’s contract unless the Bucks take on a horrible contract (not likely) or give up draft picks (very unlikely). However, if there is a deal out there where Mayo can be included the Bucks should take it, no questions asked.
David is a NBA writer for Rant Sports. Follow David S. Grant on Twitter @david_s_grant