Found July 17, 2012 on Fox Sports Southwest:
DALLAS -- O.J. Mayo never quite become "The Next LeBron," as he was billed as a teen superstar. And one of the knocks on him in the NBA a knock even the Dallas Mavericks discussed privately was that he sometimes carries with him an ill-fitting superstar attitude. But on Monday, both the Mavs and Mayo came to a realization: He was a gifted 24-year-old without a team. They were a suddenly reloaded roster just a couple of items shy. And now Mayo is a Mav. He is explosive-but-erratic, a 2-guard who actually played better for the Memphis Grizzlies as a starter than he did as a backup and that might work in Dallas, where the lineup has been retooled to include a new point guard, center and backup big to work alongside holdovers Dirk Nowitzki and Shawn Marion but where a creative wing was still a necessity. Ovinton J'Anthony Mayo, who received a two-year deal that we believe is worth no more than 4.5 million for this season, might get first crack at that job. In the last few days, the Mavs have acquired PG Darren Collison, C Chris Kaman and CPF Elton Brand to play key roles. But who would play the 2-guard? Vince Carter, Roddy Beaubois, Dominique Jones and newcomer veteran Dahntay Jones remain candidates. But on paper, Mayo represents a shooting guard with some of the traditional 2-guard skills not seen in Dallas since the declinedeparture of Michael Finley. Maybe the trouble with O.J. Mayo (and maybe the reason he lasted as long as he did on the free-agent market before falling into the Mavs' laps on Monday) is about those expectations. There is a Mayo mythology that was written for him when Sports Illustrated and SLAM announced his stardom at 19. He was deemed the heir to LeBron James as the next dominant athlete out of high school. He signed with USC, helped march them into NCAA probation, became the third overall pick in the NBA draft, and was never quite the savior of the Memphis Grizzlies. He had his moment there but when Memphis became a true contender, it was Rudy Gay, Zach Randolph, and Marc Gasol playing the key roles and O.J. working as a backup. Mayo isn't consistently great, can't reliably shoot a 15-footer; and isn't a PER machine. But he is a scoring wing, as evidenced by putting up 18.5 and 17.5 points per game in the first two years of his Memphis career. He can also hit the three, at a clip over 38 those inaugural seasons before regressing to 36 in limited minutes the past two campaigns. And he can defend, at least when he is fully willing. This is a new start for him at 24, a chance to put the "Next LeBron" stuff behind him and simply be good enough to fight for a starting job where being the "Next Finley" or the "Next Jet" is a lofty-enough goal. He needed a new home. The Mavs needed a 2-guard. They needed each other.

Mavericks add shooting guard O.J. Mayo

It looks like the Dallas Mavericks have found their new shooting guard. On Monday night, free agent guard O.J. Mayo tweeted that he had signed with the Dallas Mavericks. "I will be signing with dallas! Mavsnation," Mayo tweeted on his personal account, @JuiceMayo32. Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban then seemed to confirm the signing, also via Twitter. "Welcome...

O.J. Mayo tweets he's signing with Dallas Mavericks

Free agent shooting guard O.J. Mayo may have found what he was looking for with the Dallas Mavericks which is starters minutes and a bigger team role. Mayo tweeted on Monday night that he will be signing with Dallas.  Details of contract terms are still not known, but its likely Mayo signed a long-term deal.  Mavericks owner Mark Cuban tweeted, “Welcome to the family OJ. We...

Mavericks Add Flavor By Bringing Mayo To Dallas

Last week, fans of the Dallas Mavericks were crying in their beer, while singing that old standard, “They’re Breaking Up That Old Gang Of Mine.”  On Monday however, optimism started seeping into “BIG D” and the fans started changing their tune, to The Beatles classic “Getting Better,” as the “Star-Telegram” reported that the former NBA Champs, have reached an...

OJ Mayo signs with the Dallas Mavericks

OJ Mayo made his announcement via Twitter Monday night. Mayo is moving on the Grizzlies, the team that originally drafted him to the Dallas Mavericks who’re looking to reload after a disappointing season following their 2011 NBA championship. The Mavericks have quietly made nice moves this offseason. In addition to the Mayo signing, the new [...]

Pacers fans can give up: Mayo signs with Mavs

Swingman OJ Mayo has signed a multi-year with the Dallas Mavericks. Not that he was going to join the Pacers anyway, but this has officially put the dreams to sleep, so to speak.Mayo was almost in a Pacers uniform a couple of times in the past, but the Josh McRoberts trade supposedly fell apart at the last second. Then the Pacers didn't re-sign McBob and didn't pull enough...

OJ Mayo to Sign with the Dallas Mavericks

OJ Mayo, one of the more touted free agents left on the market, has chosen his destination for the future, and will be signing with the Dallas Mavericks. Taking a page out of Deron Williams’ book, Mayo took to his twitter account to announce his much anticipated decision:     I will be signing with dallas! #Mavsnation — OJ Mayo (@JuiceMayo32) July 17, 2012 Mayo and the Mavericks...

After visit with Suns, Mayo to sign with Mavs

DALLAS (AP) -- Free-agent shooting guard O.J. Mayo tweeted that he "will be signing" with the Dallas Mavericks. Soon after Mayo posted his note on Twitter late Monday night, Mavericks owner Mark Cuban sent out his own tweet that read, "Welcome to the family OJ. We are fired up!! MFFL MavsMayo Fan For Life!" Mayo visited Phoenix late last week and was being pursued...

Mayo tweets that he's signing with Mavericks

DALLAS (AP) -- Free agent shooting guard O.J. Mayo tweeted that he "will be signing" with the Dallas Mavericks. Soon after Mayo posted his note on Twitter late Monday night, Mavericks owner Mark Cuban sent out his own tweet that read, "Welcome to the family OJ. We are fired up !! MFFL MavsMayo Fan For Life!" In 301 games over the past four seasons with the Memphis...

Mayo agrees to two-year deal with Dallas

The Dallas Mavericks didn't land their top targets in free agency, but they've overhauled their roster with quality players at nearly every position. The latest newcomer -- shooting guard O.J. Mayo -- agreed to a two-year contract late Monday and joins point guard Darren Collison, power forward Elton Brandon, center Chris Kaman and shooting guard Dahntay Jones on the new...

O.J. Mayo is the Newest Dallas Maverick

(Photo Credit: Stephen Dunn/Getty Images) All I can say is, it’s about time. It seems that the Mavericks and shooting guard O.J. Mayo have agreed to a two year deal, with the second year being a player option. The Mavericks have 4$ million left in cap space this season, and I think it’s safe to [...]

O.J. Mayo signs with Dallas Mavericks, reported terms would rule out sign-and-trade

I will be signing with dallas! #Mavsnationabout 10 hours ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®ReplyRetweetFavorite@JuiceMayo32OJ MayoO.J. Mayo, the one-time boy wonder whose development has stagnated over the past two seasons but could potentially be resuscitated in the right situation, tweeted on Monday night that he has signed with the Dallas Mavericks.The Mavs only had about $4...

OJ Mayo tweets he is Dallas bound

According to OJ Mayo's Twitter, it looks like he is headed to the Dallas Mavericks.It was unlikely that he would sign with the Celtics, but many had hopes he would come to Boston. I will be signing with dallas! #Mavsnation — OJ Mayo (@JuiceMayo32) July 17, 2012

O.J. Mayo To Sign With Mavericks

O.J. Mayo announced on Twitter that he will sign with the Mavericks.

The Jet has Finally Landed -Officiailly

The Celtics have finally made the Jason Terry signing official. Danny has been trying for weeks to work with the Mavericks to work out a sign and trade but to no avail. The signing of OJ Mayo this week by Dallas closed the door on any further efforts to work out a sign and trade. So, Terry will get the MLE for $5 million a year for 3 years. This signing means a couple of things...
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