Dallas Mavericks shooting guard O.J. Mayo revealed this week that he will be opting out of his contract for next season, making him a free agent over the summer. However, he does want to return to Dallas.
According to ESPN.com, Mayo has a player option to return to the Mavs next season for $4.2 million, and hopes to return if a long-term deal can be reached.
“Getting something long term, locking something in is what I think is best for me,” Mayo told ESPN.com Thursday (April 18), after his exit interview with coach Rick Carlisle and president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson.
The 25-year-old guard averaged 15.3 points, 4.4 assists and 3.5 rebounds with the Mavs this season, playing a team-high 35.5 minutes per game. He was the go-to guy with star forward Dirk Nowitzki out for 27 games with injury, but his production dipped significantly when Dirk return.
Mayo also said that he’d seriously consider other teams that might be a fit for him.
“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.”