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#1 CarolinaPanthers8789

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Posted 13 July 2012 - 01:48 PM

Free agent O.J. Mayo was in Phoenix on Friday, his first visit with one of multiple teams in the hunt for the Grizzlies' shooting guard.

Mayo's agent said last week that the Rockets, Bulls, Celtics and Bobcats could be in the running for the four-year veteran. The Grizzlies declined to make a qualifying offer to Mayo and retain refusal rights, shifting Mayo's status from restricted free agent to unrestricted.

The Suns signed Hornets guard Eric Gordon to an offer sheet but with New Orleans expected to match, Steve Nash gone via sign-and-trade and free agent Grant Hill unlikely to re-sign, Phoenix needs backcourt help.

He averaged 12.6 points per game last season, but shot selection has been questionable for the former Southern Cal star. He shot 40.8 percent from the field and might not commit to the level of defensive consistency and intensity Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau requires.

Chicago is reportedly finalizing details of a deal with Kirk Hinrich, who could start at point guard during Derrick Rose's absence and slide to shooting guard in a timeshare with Richard Hamilton if Rose comes back healthy.

The Celtics lost Ray Allen to the Miami Heat in free agency and have interest in other guards, including Rockets guard Courtney Lee. The Rockets aren't eager to sign any contracts until the dust settles in the team's pursuit of restricted free agents -- Bulls center Omer Asik and Knicks guard Jeremy Lin -- and on the trade front with the Magic and center Dwight Howard.


I would love to have O.J. Mayo, but I don't see where he fits in on the roster. The Bobcats would have to move one of Henderson, Gordon, Williams, or Carroll to make room for Mayo (preferably Williams or Carroll). Maybe they could work out a sign and trade situation with Memphis, regardless; I doubt it happens but it's fun to speculate.

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Posted 13 July 2012 - 02:41 PM

Yeah they only way I'd want him is if we can package Henderson(as much as I'd hate to lose his leadership) and a player or two and pick up a good center

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Posted 13 July 2012 - 02:53 PM

I dont see us being in the running at all for Mayo with teams like Rockets, Bulls, and Celtics looking at him.
But, Id love to have a player of that caliber suiting up in a Bobcats' uniform.
He would fit well in this team. Hes an upgrade over Hendo and Gordon. Id move Hendo in a heart beat if we could lure Mayo here, and keep Gordon as the sixth man.

But i dont see a player like Mayo choosing a team like us, unless we unload a big check to him compare to the other three teams.

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Posted 13 July 2012 - 03:01 PM

More like just the Celtics and the Bulls, the Rockets are going to be garbage this year regardless of if they get Dwight Howard or not

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Posted 13 July 2012 - 03:01 PM

Don't want to see hendo leave charlotte, plus i highly doubt that Cho would throw max. money at him.



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Posted 13 July 2012 - 03:02 PM

Work out a sign and trade for Mayo involving on of our four shooting guards.

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Posted 13 July 2012 - 03:12 PM

Don't want to see hendo leave charlotte, plus i highly doubt that Cho would throw max. money at him.


Max money? I'd be surprised if Mayo got the full mid-level. Its pretty telling that Memphis didnt care enough to even offer him a qualifying offer to make him a restricted free agent

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Posted 13 July 2012 - 03:16 PM

some stupid team will throw 40-50 mil at the guy, thats a guarantee

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Posted 13 July 2012 - 03:39 PM

Who? His agent didnt mention any teams with cap space apart from the bobcats. Bulls, Celtics, and Rockets could offer him maybe $25 mil over 4 years

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Posted 13 July 2012 - 03:39 PM

I want to offer him more than whatever everyone else does... Just enough to get him. It could allow us to move someone else and collect another asset.


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