According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, O.J. Mayo is on his way to Milwaukee.
Milwaukee has reached agreement with O.J. Mayo on a three-year, $24 million contract, league source tells Y! Sports.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 6, 2013
With J.J. Redick and Mike Dunleavy, Jr. gone, and Monta Ellis likely going, the Bucks had a critical need for swingmen, points, and outside shooting. Whether or not signing a high-profile free agent to fill that vacuum is the proper corrective measure is another matter entirely.
Some initial thoughts:
- The Bucks did well to avoid the fourth year with the 25-year-old. Other comparable (and older) free agents like Kyle Korver and J.J. Redick wiggled their way into four-year deals. John Hammond stood his ground and he’ll be rewarded with future roster flexibility for his efforts.
- Ovinton J’Anthony (yes, that is his full name) is a better three-point shooter than I recall. He’s at 38.2% for his career, including a career-best 40.7% mark in his one season in Dallas. The Bucks will need that to have any hope at spacing the floor.
- Call it a gut feeling, but pairing Mayo with Brandon Jennings just feels like a whole lot of future opportunities for 7-, 8- and 9-seeds. Mayo is a slightly above-average scoring threat, Jennings is average at best, and neither is particularly adept at defense. The Bucks may be paying market price for Mayo and consequently keeping themselves out of The Great NBA Lottery of 2014.
Let the food puns begin.