According to a report, the Milwaukee Bucks are shopping shooting guard O.J. Mayo, who still has two years and $16 million left on the free agent contract he signed with the club last summer.
ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, while on SportsCenter this morning, said the Bucks have been in negotiations to trade Mayo.
The veteran guard did not have a pleasant first year in Milwaukee, averaging 11.7 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.2 assists in a career-low 25.9 minutes per game, shooting .407/.370/.864.
Mayo played in just 52 games, starting 23, and had a player efficiency rating of 11.2, a career low and well below the NBA average of 15.
Mayo signed a three-year, $24 million contract last July after he spent one season with the Dallas Mavericks. He was brought in to play the shooting guard position for a team general manager John Hammond expected to contend for a playoff spot, but Mayo’s playing time dropped drastically after it became apparent the only thing Milwaukee would contend for was ping pong balls in the lottery.
Mayo got off to a solid start, averaging 13.6 points in 29.4 minutes a game in October, November and December, but all but vanished after the All-Star break.
After the break, Mayo played in just 11 of the team’s 29 games and averaged 9.7 points and 19.7 minutes a night. He didn’t play after March 24, sitting out the team’s final 11 contests.