It appears guard O.J. Mayo, will be leaving the city known for its great barbeque and some of the best blues and R&B ever recorded, as the “Memphis Commercial Appeal” has reported that the Memphis Grizzlies did not extend a qualifying offer for the player who just completed his fourth campaign in the Association. By not tendering Mayo an offer, he becomes an unrestricted Free Agent, able to sign with any team in the NBA, without giving the Grizzlies the opportunity to match an offer sheet. Mayo’s minutes on the floor and his scoring numbers have declined in the past two seasons and has been the subject of constant trade rumors throughout his time in Memphis.
According to the paper, if the team had given the guard a qualifying offer and he had it accepted it, the club would be too close to the point that the Association’s luxury tax would kick in, leaving them unable to sign any Free Agents. The Grizzlies would have had to extend Mayo a qualifying offer of $7.4 million to keep him a restricted Free Agent, a move they were unwilling to make. The team did however did tender qualifying offers to both Darrell Arthur and Marreese Speights, so they most likely remain on the roster.
The Boston Celtics were reportedly on the verge of a deal that would have sent veteran guard Ray Allen in a trade in which they would have received Mayo, but were unable to work out the details before the NBA trade deadline went into effect on March 15. Allen, is also an unrestricted Free Agent and there have been reports that he could sign with a team other than the Celtics, possibly creating a need for him in Boston.