In case you haven’t been on the Internet yesterday, former Memphis Grizzlies guard and unrestricted free agent O.J. Mayo has signed a 2-year contract with the Dallas Mavericks. Mayo broke the news himself online last night and owner of the Dallas Mavericks Mark Cuban replied to Mayo in sheer happiness. After losing Jason Kidd to the Knicks and Jason Terry to the Celtics, looks as if the Mavs were off to a rough off-season, but looks like Mayo came to the rescue. Good for the Mavs, but a real a bummer for Bulls fans.
Now, what does this mean for the Bulls? Well a couple days ago, it was reported that the Chicago Bulls were interested in the guard. They were among 4 teams (Lakers, Bulls, Phoenix & Dallas) interested but with official word that Mayo headed to Dallas, Brewer gone, C.J. Watson headed to Brooklyn, Kyle Korver headed to Atlanta the Bulls’ backcourt looks awfully weak.
For the most part, it was a must that the Bulls get Mayo after they lost Korver. To be fair, I understand that Hinrich (although not officially signed to the Bulls) could replace Watson as a backup point guard and Butler can gain the minutes that Brewer played (and at a cheaper price), but after losing Korver for a measly 2nd round pick and with nobody to replace him, the Bulls are in big trouble heading into this upcoming season. There’s also the fact that Omer Asik is most likely headed to Houston, which means that the Bulls are in dire need of a back-up center and small forward on their roster.
But there’s always the question on how helpful Mayo could’ve been to the Bulls and with the Chicago most likely entering the salary tax next season, its fact that money is something to ponder about before signing players. During the 2011/12 seasons with the Grizzlies, Mayo’s salary was approximately at $5.5M and if the Bulls were to sign him, he’ll have to take at least a minimum veteran contract and with Mayo only averaging 12 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists per game, it was definitely troublesome for not only Chicago, but any team to throw large amounts of money at the shooting guard.
Other than the drafting of Marquis Teague, and word of Hinrich signing with the Bulls, there hasn’t been much to be excited for this off-season.
With the Bulls roster at 8 players right now, they’re should really try to fill their 12 man roster, because at this point in the league, they’re desperate.