While leaving the court, after the last game of the 2012-13 season, O.J. Mayo stopped, acknowledge a few young fans near the locker room entrance, and gave two kids one shoe a piece. This now ceremonious gesture would signify the end of his run in Dallas as a Maverick.
O.J. Mayo has announced today that he will not exercise his player option to return to Dallas next season. The option would earn him $4.2 million next season if he stayed with the franchise.
No big surprise, since Mayo’s production dropped off considerably after the All-Star break in February as Dirk Nowitzki returned to the lineup. In this town, if you can’t play with Dirk, then you can’t play here. Rick Carlisle vented his frustration after the Memphis Grizzlies game, questioning Mayo’s work ethic and focus.
This will be his second offseason as a free agent since leaving the Memphis Grizzlies in 2012. Dallas was the best fit for Mayo at the time, since most teams, like the Grizzlies, felt he was better suited coming off the bench. The Mavericks gave him the opportunity to be a starter again.
This is only the first domino to in long row of offseason moves for the franchise.