Shooting guard O.J. Mayo to join Bucks

Cesar Tordesillas – 4E Sports Contributor

Milwaukee, WI, United States (4E Sports) – O.J. Mayo will sign a three-year, $24 million contract with the Milwaukee Bucks.

The 6-4 shooting guard turned down a player option with the Dallas Mavericks worth $4.2 million to become an unrestricted free agent.

Mayo, 25, performed solidly as a starter early in his lone season with the Mavericks, averaging 17.9 points on 46.3 percent shooting before the All-Star break. But his numbers dropped to 10.9 and 41.7, respectively, the rest of the season. He eventually averaged 15.3 points and 4.4 assists with the Mavericks.

The former USC star was drafted No. 3 overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2008 and was traded on the same day to the Memphis Grizzlies for Kevin Love along with other players.

Mayo averaged 18.0 points on 44.8 percent shooting to go with 3.8 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.2 steals in 38 minutes per game in his first two seasons with the Memphis Grizzlies.

He was named runner-up to Derrick Rose for Rookie of the Year.

But in his last two years in Memphis, he scored just 11.9 points over 26.6 minutes per game.

His arrival at Milwaukee will soften the loss of J.J. Redick and expected departure of Monta Ellis.

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