Will Wolves target Mayo?
May, 10, 2013
May 109:27AM ETBy Nick Borges | ESPN.com Recommend0Comments0EmailPrintThe Minnesota Timberwolves targeted O.J. Mayo in 2012 and they may try to sign him again in 2013 when free agency starts in July.
Darren Wolfson tweeted: "I've heard from multiple angles that (president of basketball operations) Flip (Saunders) will target Mayo. How he'd fit into their equation, not sure. Need necessary cap space."
And Dan Barreiro added via Twitter: "Wolves missed previous shot at pursuing FA shooting guard O.J. Mayo. I expect them to go after him hard this time."
The team won't be under the salary cap when 2013-14 begins on July 1, so they can only offer the non-taxpayer mid-level exception worth $5.15 million to free agents. Mayo's agent will initially want more than that when he begins negotiations with teams around the NBA.
The Wolves will have only one shooting guard -- Alexey Shved -- under contract once they release Brandon Roy and that position is their top priority in the offseason.
I thought this was interesting, I forgot about Mayo, i think he would be a good fit since he is a player that can be used in multiple ways, has good handles, and good passing (all traits Adleman loves). I was orignialy all for the Wolves going after Kevin Martin, but now I cant decide. I would be happy with either, but I am wondering what you all think about it. Should the Wolves go after Mayo, Martin, or do you have another player in mind?
Mildly ironic since he was originally drafted by the Wolves and traded for Kevin Love but if he does sign with the Wolves his success could determine Loves future if he wants to stay or go. If I'm the Wolves I go after Mayo over Martin. Mayo is younger, a much better creator and ball handler and less injury prone.
He is definitely someone I could see them wanting to target although he might command more money than they are willing to dish out at this point. Players like OJ, Kevin Martin, JJ Redick, or even J.R. Smith once he opts out of his contract would all be excellent additions to the team but I expect them to all get contracts that will price them out of our range. A lot of it depends on the decisions that we make regarding our own free agents and what kind of room we have to maneuver with. In the end I think flip is going to end up having to target SG early in the draft which isn't ideal but there are some serviceable options out there. I'm hoping we end up with Oladipo I think he'd be a good fit on our team and I love his work ethic
I love the idea of pairing Mayo with Ricky in the backcourt. Not only would he fit into Adelman's system fairly smoothly, but he'd also instantly make our shooting (which is garbage, to put it lightly) A LOT better. Although Martin already is quite familiar with our system since he's played for Coach Adelman in the past, I'd much rather take OJ because unlike Martin, OJ plays some solid defense.
So yes, please heap some Mayo on my wolf sandwich. Yum.
And with shved as a pickup you can play a nice variation on the shooting guard spot.
But if a MLE of 5.5 is enough to lure him there.
I believe if Cuban decides to go a little bit deeper in his pockets!
What about a sign and trade to bring Derrick Williams to Dallas?
This would be something I really would like to see!!!
I like Mayo...but only for a reasonable price. If he'll take the MLA (doubtful) and still allow us to keep Bud and Pek, then I'm all for them going for Mayo. But, I think targeting different players would ultimately be more beneficial. I think in the draft they should go after either 'Dipo or McCollum, for FA they should target Korver, Dorrell Wright, Gerald Henderson, or Marshon Brooks (since the Nets NEVER play him for some reason, like they forgot he averaged 13 points his rookie year).
Basically priority #1 should be to keep Pek and (to a lesser degree) Bud around. If they can do that, and manage to get Mayo to take less money, then go for it.
I know I'm not addressing the earlier question about Mayo but...I think Kentavious Caldwell-Pope would be a terrific fit in Minny. I'm probably higher on him than most guys on this board, but I think he's a good shooter that would be a nice fit playing off the ball next to Rubio, his athleticism is also very underrated on draft sites and would be much needed on a team that has little of it at the moment.
Mayo made himself some money down the road due to his strong play in the first half of the season, but the mid-level contract isn't totally out of the question. It really all depends on what we re-sign Pek for (and we will resign him unless it is a max contract). 8-10mil? Maybe. But I see him fetching somewhere between 10 and 12 million, realistically.
Budinger comes back if Rick Adelman does. I don't really think it's any more complex than that to be honest with you. He's a great fit for the offense and a very underrated player, in my opinion.
Clearing Roy's 5 million dollar deal off the books was a nice move by Saunders even though we could have potentially used his contract as bait in a trade. That saves us a good chunk of money. But again, the money we have to possibly chase a potential free agent all depends on Pekovic's new deal.
JJ Reddick can shoot the ball. OJ Mayo is streaky and a bit undersized. Afflalo can give them some of everything. Kevin Martin can shoot and score but at what price?
There are a lot of options on the table. I wouldn't necessarily throw a ton of money at OJ Mayo. Mayo is also ball dominant, which may not fit next to Ricky Rubio. JJ Reddick is the best catch and shoot option. I would go with Reddick and then look at Victor Oladipo in the draft as a defensive sub off the bench to go with Alexy's offense.
A wild card here would be Monta Ellis. A volume scorer and chucker, but if it works out I don't see teams stopping a focused Monta and a healthy Rubio. That would be a pretty cool backcourt.
I like the idea of Monte. JJ and Mayo both undersized guards like ellis but Monta will serve better on the break with rubio plus they can cross guard on D. No one will keep them out of the lane and break. They could even bust zones. I would say go James Ennis Second round. If Chase Bud leaves you got a strong sized 2/3 on a non guaranteed rookie contract that can score.
As a celtics fan I can say that Lee had an up and down year but might be a nice addition to the Minn guard rotation and he can be traded for at a cheap price.
Their current cap space doesn't help them at, they could make it positive by moving some guys as Mayo is only on $4million and would probably buy into the current roster. I would find suitors for Barea and perhaps Ridnour, have Shved as a PG back-up or search for a veteran PG both of the aforementioned contracts will be worth around $8.4million on top of the departing $5.1million Roy. I'd also let Stiemsma walk as they could pick up Dieng or Withey with their late first pick who both are capable of filling the void. $16.1million of relief which would bring them to around $11.6m under the cap, they could resign Budinger for $1-2million but other teams may tempt him and let's not forget that Minnesota have a top ten pick they could grab a guy like Oladipo who could play small forward.
Predicted rotation from this analysis:
This brings them up to an eleven-man roster without considering their late second round pick but more importantly, they'll still have around $6.4m to use if they manage to secure Mayo to a MLE and they could add a couple of experienced players, Jose Calderon could take a pay cut and be a back-up for Rubio and Maxiell could buy in and provide energy off the bench while being a good compliment for both Love and Pekovic.
In short, here are the transactions:
I want them to draft CJ McCollum and trade up to get sergey Karasev maybe package ridnour and their first round pick 26 to the Jazz at 21 and swap their 52nd with the Jazz's 46th, if the Jazz already got a point guard at 14 ridnour is a solid backup and great mentor so that fits. If the jazz dont get a point guard at 14 then I dont know if this will happen.
This way the timber wolves get 2 guys who can shoot and mccollum can play off ball with rubio or shved and run the point occasionally Karasev can play either wing position because we still dont know what will happen with Budinger or kirilenko.
Minnesota gets: 21st pick to get Sergey Karasev, 46th pick
Jazz get: 26th pick 52nd pick, Luke ridnour
I really like Rubio and I like what the Kings are doing. I think Oladipo would be a great fit, but they still need a shooter. To me, OJ Mayo doesn't look like the guy. He is a ball dominant volume shooter without the length, explosiveness, and ability to get to the line. If his price tag is $5 or $6 million that's ok, but I don't think he is worth more than that.
I like getting JJ Reddick as the veteran shooter and Victor Oladipo as the energy defensive guy and slasher.
So when the T Wolves go small they have a perimeter attack of Rubio, Reddick, Oladipo, Derrick Williams, and Kevin Love.
They need to try to move one of their backup point guards, resign Pek, and then go after the best available guy at 25. Like you guys, I think Dieng or Withey would be a great fit.
For depth, Alexy is a keeper, but I would try to move Ridnour and/or Barea. Then try to add Peyton Siva as an undrafted free agent (or pick him up by buying a late second round pick). Siva gives them some toughness off the bench and a guy who can run the offense.
New T Wolves Rotation
PG: Ricky Rubio
SG: JJ Reddick
SF: Chase Budinger
PF: Kevin Love
C: Nikola Pekovic
PG: Peyton Siva
SG: Alexy Schved
SF: Victor Olidipo
PF: Derrick Williams
C: Jeff Withey
Energy guy: Dante Cunningham
They could have this small ball energy team:
PG: Peyton Siva
SG: Victor Oladipo
SF: Chase Budinger
PF: Dante Cunningham
C: Jeff Withey
Good mix of offense and defense all around. They are also mimicking what the Warriors are doing with good point guard play, shooters, and then big men inside with a rotation of guys at the wing.
Like the siva. Its a good chance with the way nate robinson has been playing and the lack of exp. pg he could be gone.
I forgot about AK-47. They still have him. I think the 'dipo-Reddick combo would work great with their current team. With a resigned Love and a free agent sniper the T Wolves will be building like a new Grizzlies team with scoring inside and steady point guard play, and also like the Warriors who have some shooters, some young depth, and different players to put on the wing. The T Wolves looks like a team that can go big OR small.
I really like Alexy Shved. If he continues to improve his shot he will be nice under adleman. But he might be better suited as a sixth man filling wing and pg.
What's happening with adleman is he coming back?
Mayo will be a good fit because of his upside, age, versatility, and all around skill level:
1. When asked to be a aggressive scorer he can score 18 to 21 points per game with ease
2. He's a talented shooter and a solid playmaker, passer, ball-handler, and defender
3. He's a great teammate, unselfish, and is willing to sacrifice personal success for the purpose of doing whatever it takes to help his team win
4. He's also a hard worker and loves working on improving his skills - he's basically a perfectionist ( a person who strives for or demands the highest standards of excellence in his work )
5. He played like a all-star the first half of the season and showed teams what kind of great potential he possesses ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPH-KoJ5K-M )
I think Utah, Minnesota, Boston, and Philadelphia will try hard to sign mayo in the off-season
Wouldn't the Wolves be able to sign Mayo to a bigger deal assuming they use bird rights on Pekovic? They could technically sign Mayo before using bird rights on Pek while they have room on their books.
Someone correct me if I'm wrong on that but for some reason thats how I imagine it would work if they indeed to pursue Mayo.
Yes that would be perfect in a Association mode on 2k, but the owner of Minnesota doesnt have tens of millions of dollars to be paying the luxury taxes with.
While Mayo would be fine, I don't see him as a particularly great fit for this team. Let's start with what the Wolves have. They have a very creative point guard. They have a 24 points per game PF. They have a 17 point per game center. So they need the ball in Rubio's hands and they need to feed a bunch of shots to PF and C. There really isn't a ton of shots left for the SG. Rubio, Love and Pek can all start an offensive set, so you don't need a ton more shot creation. So while Mayo is fine, I think you could get away with a more limited, but athletically better SG. Or you might be just as well with a pure catch and shoot scorer. Kevin Martin is an unrestricted free agent. Wouldn't he be better being set up by Rubio or spacing the floor for Love and Pek? Can the Wolves scrape together a $10 million per year offer for KMart?
I also think a big run and jump SG who could finish lob passes from Rubio, Love and AK would be a nice fit and potentially cheaper than Mayo. What about an active guy like Matt Barnes? Those guys are cheaper than shot "creators" like Mayo.
Mayo would be a fantastic fit for the Wolves. Idk where people get the idea that Mayo needs the ball in his hands all the time to create. From what I've seen he is better at playing off the ball. He can create his own, but thats not where he is best.
The notion that the Wolves wouldnt have enough shots for him is silly. The main weakness of the team this season was lack of capable shooters (besides injuries) and Mayo would fill that void quite well. Its also not as if Mayo is a volume shooter as I believe he only averaged about 12 shots per game.
I also don't understand where the idea that having multiple shot creators is a bad thing. If a team has 1 player that has to get eveybody shots, you run into the problem the Chris Paul teams have had the last few years. Multiple shot creators is a good thing.