Agent: O.J. Mayo signs in Puerto Rico to pursue NBA comeback

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In July 2016, the NBA banned O.J. Mayo for at least two years for abusing prescription painkillers.

Now, the former No. 3 pick is headed to Puerto Rico.

Agent Christian Santaella:

This is a step toward Mayo returning to the NBA, but it’s still a long road.

Mayo can’t apply for reinstatement until July 1. It’s no given the league will grant it.

If it does, Mayo must convince a team he’ll avoid another drug violation. He was also suspended for using steroids in 2011.

Then, Mayo will have to convince a team he can contribute on the court. He’s 30 and struggled his last three seasons with the Bucks.

It’s easy to hear Mayo’s story and pull for him. But we can also acknowledge how unlikely an NBA comeback is.