Mavericks’ O.J. Mayo to opt out of contract
For the second-consecutive summer, O.J. Mayo will be a free agent after declining the player option for the second season of his contract.
“Getting something long term, locking something in is what I think is best for me,” Mayo said Thursday after his exit interview with coach Rick Carlisle and president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson.
According to ESPN.com, Mayo could have returned to the Mavericks for $4.2 million, but he hopes to reach a long-term deal with the team.
Even though he would like to re-sign with the Mavericks, he is planning to test out the market.
“I’m sure new teams have popped up on the list,” Mayo said. “I need to talk to my agent [Rob Pelinka] and see what we can work out.”
Mayo is a five-year veteran in the NBA and was drafted No. 3 overall in the 2008 draft from USC. He has averaged 15.3 points, 4.4 assists and 3.5 rebounds while playing a team-high 35.5 minutes per game this season.