Better Know A Free Agent: O.J. Mayo

Apr 17, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA: Memphis Grizzlies guard O.J. Mayo (32) looks on during a free throw in the second half against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. The Grizzlies won 91-84. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE

Depending on what the Washington Wizards do with Andray Blatche and Rashard Lewis, they could have around $12 million of salary-cap space to spend this summer. It remains to be seen if the Wizards actually use it or bank it towards the 2013 class, but in any event, there are a number of free agents that could help the team's push into playoff contention. We'll take a look at several of those options in this running series. Next up: O.J. Mayo.

Team: Memphis Grizzlies.

Type: Restricted free agent.

This past year: Had another O.J. Mayo-like season, providing a lot of shot creation and decent scoring with relatively poor efficiency. He shot better this year, but still didn't approach the level of efficiency he provided as a rookie. Still doesn't get to the free-throw line very much. On the bright side, he did become a better playmaker and I thought his defensive effort was a lot better.

Why he's fit in well: There aren't too many young shooting guards who can create plays for others, come off screens and hit open perimeter threes, and Mayo is one of them. In that sense, he's the kind of multi-talented guard that can fit in well with John Wall.

Why he might not: He really hasn't gotten any better since entering the league, and he's kind of settled into a role where he takes a lot of bad shots in the name of instant offense. I like Mayo more than Jordan Crawford, but their games are becoming increasingly similar.

Likely price tag: I would guess he's a mid-level player.

Verdict: I liked Mayo a lot last year as a young player who just needed a chance to start, but I think this year proves he mostly is what he is. There are better options out there.

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