Tag: OJ Mayo

O.J. Mayo, Patrick Patterson

Clippers to meet with O.J. Mayo, Carl Landry on Tuesday


The Clippers re-signing of Chris Paul to a max contract in free agency this summer was only the beginning of their plans to add talent and tweak the roster so that it’s more immediately ready to compete for a championship under new head coach Doc Rivers.

The decision of whether or not to trade reserve guard Eric Bledsoe, who many around the league believe will evolve into a starting talent that the Clippers will be unable to afford to keep very soon, is being mulled by Rivers, but he’d like to keep him in the short term to see exactly what he’s got.

That hasn’t stopped Rivers from scheduling meetings with players they’d likely need to deal Bledsoe for in order to add to the roster — he reportedly met with J.J. Redick on Monday, and has a lunch date with O.J. Mayo on Tuesday.

Mayo is an unrestricted free agent, and L.A would likely need to work out a sign-and-trade in order to get him. The Mavericks are looking for immediate talent additions to avoid missing the playoffs again in one of Dirk Nowitzki’s final seasons, so they’d likely want a young talent like Bledsoe back in return for Mayo’s services.

Another free agent the Clippers are looking at is Carl Landry, who is coming off a nice season as a reserve for the Warriors.

Landry is an unrestricted free agent as well, though his salary range might make it so that L.A. can add him without parting ways with Bledsoe.

We’ll see how it all shakes out, but one thing is clear: The Clippers are in championship-or-bust mode, and that feels really strange to say.

Quote of the Day: Carlisle compares Mavs turnovers to “Kama Sutra”

Phoenix Suns v Dallas Mavericks

“We’re doing it every way you can do it. If we were a sex manual it’d be a best-seller.”

—Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle discussing the rash of Mavericks turnovers this preseason, speaking to the Star Telegram (hat tip to SLAM).

The Mavericks are averaging 19.2 points per game this preseason. They are doing it with balance you’d prefer to see with scoring. The three ball-handling guards — OJ Mayo, Delonte West and Darren Collison — each have a dozen preseason turnovers. Shawn Marion has worked hard to best them all with 13. This is a trend to watch when the preseason starts.

The tangled web of Chris Paul, David Stern, and the blockbuster trade that wasn’t


Last Friday, David Stern — acting as some amalgam of both owner of the New Orleans Hornets and commissioner of the NBA — put the kibosh on a trade that would’ve sent Chris Paul to the Lakers, brought Luis Scola, Kevin Martin, and Lamar Odom to the Hornets, and shipped Pau Gasol to the Rockets. Those players would have significantly altered the futures of all three franchises involved in the deal, but thanks to Stern’s controversial decision, things have developed along a different timeline.

The ripple effects of Stern’s veto have been incredibly far-reaching, and upset the delicate balance of an already furious free agency period. Behold: an attempt to capture the 10-team, 28-player insanity that has resulted from Stern’s decision to block the Chris Paul blockbuster:


Chart made by Rob Mahoney.

See a full-size version of the image here.