Shooting guard O.J. Mayo, who is playing for the Dallas Mavericks this season, has announced that he plans on declining the player option for the second season of his contract, opting to become a free agent for the second straight summer.
Mayo, who would have earned $4.2 million if he returned to Dallas, said he wants to work out a long-term deal with the team instead. “Getting something long term, locking something in is what I think is best for me,” Mayo said Thursday. Mayo, 25, averaged 15.3 points, 4.4 assists and 3.5 rebounds while playing a team-high 35.5 minutes per game.
Mayo, a former No. 3 overall pick in the NBA draft, did admit that he was disappointed that a better market didn’t open up for him last summer. “I’m sure new teams have popped up on the list,” Mayo said. “I need to talk to my agent [Rob Pelinka] and see what we can work out.”