Rumors have been swirling that the Los Angeles Lakers are looking to make a big move to shake things up. Obviously the first name to come up in such talk is Ron Artest because he’s had a disappointing year thus far. Frankly, I think Artest will play himself back into shape and will be a defensive stopper when the Lakers need him to be, but that’s just me.
A name that has surfaced as a target for the Lakers is Memphis Grizzlies guard O.J. Mayo. I mean, let’s face it, the Grizzlies and Lakers have a history of working out big time deals around this time of year.
The Lakers do have interest in Mayo, but the Grizzlies are apparently asking for a lot in return for the 23-year-old guard. Which probably means they would want more than Ron Artest, some draft picks and a young post player like Derrick Caracter. Since they basically took Kwame Brown’s ridiculous contract, Jarvaris Crittenton and Marc Gasol in exchange for Pau Gasol. Clearly the Grizzlies subscribe to the “fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on us for hiring incompetent management” theory.
Plus, Mayo doesn’t exactly seem like a great fit with the Lakers. With Derek Fisher, Kobe Bryant, Steve Blake and Shannon Brown as their current guard rotation, and they’re not going to play Mayo at the small forward spot.
It just doesn’t seem like a fit all the way around. Plus, I sincerely doubt Mitch Kupchak is going to give up a lot for a guy who got into a fight with a teammate and tested positive for a banned substance in the same season.
We’re not saying the Lakers won’t make a move, or that Mayo won’t be traded by the Grizzlies. In fact, both things are likely to happen.
But O.J. Mayo will probably not be playing for the Los Angeles Lakers any time soon.