Originally posted on Celtics Life  |  Last updated 1/31/13
Doc Rivers reaffirmed why O.J. Mayo didn’t become a Celtic last season. On WEEI Thursday morning, Doc Rivers said Memphis backed out of the deal that that would have swapped Mayo for Ray Allen. Doc on old Ray/Mayo deal: "Memphis pulled plug, not us. … O.J.'s so much younger. That's a trade we really thought we had to look at hard."— Ben Rohrbach (@brohrbach) January 31, 2013 One could argue this trade that almost went down was the final straw that broke Allen’s back and why he is now with the Miami Heat. Both Allen and Mayo were on expiring contracts so whether or not Mayo would have re-upped in Boston is up for debate. The Celtics did approach Mayo in the offseason as a free agent, but they had already signed Jason Terry and decided to trade for Courtney Lee instead of wait on Mayo to decide. Mayo is having a pretty good year in Dallas averaging 17.8 ppg, 4.3 apg, 3.8 rpg and a PER of 16.51. He does have a player option for next year so if the Mavericks (19-26) don’t look like they
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