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Don't Count On Trading For O.J. Mayo

A popular focus for many people's trade ideas is O.J. Mayo. The Memphis Commercial Appeal says "not so fast."

Grizzlies guard O.J. Mayo beginning to flourish in reserve role " The Commercial Appeal

Truth is, Griz management isn't seriously thinking of dealing Mayo nor is his possible, restricted free-agent status this summer a major concern. Mayo likely will remain with the Griz this season because of his productivity and the Grizzlies' ability to control his future with the right of first refusal on contract offers. Although Mayo is eligible to negotiate a long-term contact extension with Memphis by Wednesday, the Griz aren't compelled to agree to a deal or trade him at the moment. "It remains to be seen whether something happens or not," Griz general manager Chris Wallace said about a Mayo contract extension. "If it doesn't happen I wouldn't read much into it. We didn't extend Rudy and resigned him. It's a floating situation. I wouldn't say (Mayo) is a lock to be with us after this year and I wouldn't say he isn't. There's so much ground to be covered between now and July."

It takes two to tango, so don't assume that we can get Mayo just because he's not getting an extension right away.