O.J Mayo not extended a qualifying offer; now an unrestricted free agent

May 9, 2012; Memphis, TN, USA; Memphis Grizzlies shooting guard O.J. Mayo (32) shoots a free throw during the second half of game five in the Western Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs against the Los Angeles Clippers at FedEx Forum. The Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 92-80. Mandatory Credit: Spruce Derden-US PRESSWIRE

In what was a bit of a surprise(at least to me), the Memphis Grizzlies did not extend O.J Mayo a qualifying offer, so now Mayo is free to sign with any team. No offer sheets. Memphis did give QO's to Marreese Speights and Darrell Arthur, who missed the last season after tearing his ACL during practice.

This does go along with the general view I've had of O.J Mayo's stock in Memphis being very low. The team reportedly had a deadline deal in place two years ago to swap him for Indiana's Josh McRoberts, straight up. If you can remember, the first few months of Mayo's rookie season, people were gushing over him as a future All-Star. Shows how quickly perceptions can change.

Mayo has been a frequent mention for Mavs fans looking for younger options at the wings. I don't think he's very likely to be at the top of the front office's list, and I am not necessarily enamored with him, either, but his path to Dallas would be easier now that he is unrestricted.

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