The Pacers (UPDATE: DIDN'T) Trade for OJ Mayo

That’s what Mike Wells and Chad Ford are reporting on Twitter. According to Wells, the deal is

J-Mac and a 1st round pick to Memphis for Mayo.

Both teams are over the cap so that alone wouldn’t work salary-wise. I suppose the Pacers can throw in $3 million and make it work? Or am I just making that up? I dunno. I really, really, really like OJ Mayo’s game and have been wishing the Pacers would trade for him ever since he started to lose minutes in Memphis. The emergence of Paul George means the scoring, good-shooting, two-way two guard need is drastically lower for Indiana than I thought just one short month ago, but you can never have too many good wing players on good contracts. OJ has one year left on his deal for a paltry $5.5 million. A core of Danny Granger, Roy Hibbert, OJ Mayo, Darren Collison, Paul George and Tyler Hansbrough? Yeah … that’ll work for now.

UPDATE: OK … trade might be off.

Says Wells:

Hold off on J-Mac to Memphis deal. Word is the two teams may have missed the 3 p.m. deadline.

That Central Timezone thing gets me every time, too.

UPDATE II: Deal is definitely off.

Says Wells:

No deal between Pacers and Grizzlies. Deal was in place, but Grizzlies pulled out at the last minute, according to a source.

Ken Berger confirms

O.J. Mayo stays in Memphis. Grizzlies and Pacers couldn’t come to agreement before deadline, source says.

Again … oh well. More minutes for Paul George. At least Twitter makes the trade deadline more exciting than it has any right to be.

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