Clippers, Mavs Talking Mayo Sign-And-Trade

10:35am: Rivers is "strongly inclined" to keep Bledsoe, so the Clippers may offer Caron Butler and/or Jamal Crawford instead, in hopes of landing Mayo, says Broussard (via Twitter). I'm skeptical that Dallas would have a whole lot of interest in a non-Bledsoe package.

TUESDAY, 10:02am: As talks continue between the Clippers and Mavs on a possible deal, Rivers will meet Mayo for lunch today, tweets's Chris Broussard.

MONDAY, 6:14pm: Matt Barnes could be part of the deal, according to Tim McMahon of Aaron Goodwin, the agent for Barnes, told McMahon that Dallas was one of 12 teams to express interest in his client. The Mavs also have interest in Chauncey Billups.

5:10pm: The Clippers and Mavs are involved in discussions about a Mayo-for-Bledsoe deal, tweets Marc Stein of Dallas is holding off on a major move until Dwight Howard makes his decision, but the team is becoming increasingly confident that it will find a sign-and-trade partner for Mayo, Stein also tweets.

11:51am: Clippers coach and senior VP of basketball operations Doc Rivers has "serious interest" in O.J. Mayo, and the shooting guard was the second free agent the team called after speaking to Chris Paul last night, reports Sam Amick of USA Today. The team may pursue a sign-and-trade with the Mavericks involving Eric Bledsoe to acquire Mayo, according to Amick (Twitter links). 

The Clippers will have plenty of competition for the Landmark Sports Agency client. Mayo is reportedly also meeting with the Wolves, and Jazz, Bucks, Timberwolves, Blazers, Bobcats and Bulls are all likely suitors as well. Mayo could have stayed with the Mavs on a $4.2MM player option, but it appears he'll net much more than that on the market.

The Clips go into the offseason with about $44MM guaranteed on their books, but with Paul's max salary pushing $19MM, a weighty offer for Mayo could push the team close to tax territory, unless the Clippers can shed significant salary in a sign-and-trade. I'd doubt the Mavs are looking to take back too much in return for Mayo, however, as they look to retain cap flexibility.

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5 thoughts on “Clippers, Mavs Talking Mayo Sign-And-Trade

  1. dc21892

    Solid trade for both teams if they stuck with those two players being the center pieces.

  2. escapingNihilism

    as an LAC fan I’m really not that excited about most of these names that come up in connection w/Bledsoe. would almost rather hold him and see what Doc could do with a CP3/Bledsoe backcourt.

  3. Guest

    NO!!!! Take Derozan from us! please! (I know you don’t want him… but as a Raptors fan… please!)

  4. Edawg

    ridiculous what the clippers are doing here. right now they have like 5 quality guards. and they’re refusing to trade Bledsoe for another guard?
    Chris Paul
    Darren Collison
    Willie Green
    Jamal Crawford
    Chauncey Billups
    Eric Bledsoe
    What are they doing here? Geez. Trade Bledsoe for a need or get off the pot already


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