May 9, 2012; Memphis, TN, USA; Memphis Grizzlies shooting guard O.J. Mayo (32) passes the ball while guarded by Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul (3) during the second half of game five in the Western Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at FedEx Forum. The Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 92-80. Mandatory Credit: Spruce Derden-US PRESSWIRE

Celtics Free Agent Options #7: O.J. Mayo


O.J. Mayo could be the Ray Allen replacement that fans and management seeks. He was a top 2 recruit coming out of high school, and still has that level of talent. Early in his rookie year it appeared he was going to be special, but eventually lost his starting role, and at times this season saw only fringe minutes. He was the subject of trade rumors.

It is still possible the Grizz sign and trade Mayo. They’d like to get something in exchange for a player they know has value and one whom they can resign without cap restrictions. Mayo is a quality guard and should start in this league, but just needs the opportunity to put it all together. His shooting would be a huge boon alongside the jump shot poor Rajon Rondo, and it would make the Celtics a tougher team to defend because Mayo would make teams pay for help side defense on Rondo.

Mayo is a good athlete and has the potential consequently to be a very good defender, but he must continue to work at those aspects of his game to become the type of player he can be in this league. He should be a starter, but if he maintains his current effort level, he may never be more than just a twenty minute a game (20 MINUTES A GAME PLAYER)kind of player.

Can the Celtics bring out the best of Mayo? Can they make him the kind of guy that can allow fans to forget Ray Allen? It’s a stretch, but it wouldn’t be that costly of a stretch, since Mayo hasn’t yet proven himself on a big scale. Danny Ainge may get a steal if he tries to get Mayo.

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