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Old 07-12-2012, 03:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Update: ****er OJ Mayo signs with Mavericks

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As team president of basketball operations Lon Babby mentioned Wednesday, "We're not sitting on our hands hoping."

The Suns would like nothing more than to see the Hornets not match the offer sheet signed by Eric Gordon, allowing him to relocate to Phoenix. The reality, however, is that by Saturday---if not sooner, Gordon will once again have a New Orleans address.

"We have a big expression in our office that says 'hope is not a plan'," continued Babby.

"We're hoping that they don't match. We're hoping that he comes to Phoenix. That's again, what he wants. We hope his wishes our accommodated. But if they decide to match, we'll move on and react accordingly."

Plan B for the Suns includes OJ Mayo, who is scheduled for a visit Friday. Mayo averaged 12.6 points per game in his fourth season in Memphis.
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Old 07-12-2012, 04:29 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I like that they are making other plans. Problem is we can't do anything while we wait since we have our cap tied up in the Gordon offer. I didn't even realize we had enough cap room to sign Gordon, Dragic and Beasley isn't that like $30M combined?

Little curious to see what Mayo is capable of when given a bigger role.
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Re: OJ Mayo to visit Phoenix

Chill will most likely have to be amnestied regardless. But yeah, I figured they'd find a way. I think it's close to 30M - about 3-4M shy. But looks like it won't matter because they'll match.


I think Mayo's been waiting around for us. Doesn't hurt that he and Gordon share the same agent. Probably steering him our way and doesn't seem many alternatives out there now. Maybe get him at half price of EG on 2-3 yr. Agreed. I'd like to see what he can do here with freedom like Beasley.
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Chill will most likely have to be amnestied regardless. But yeah, I figured they'd find a way. I think it's close to 30M - about 3-4M shy. But looks like it won't matter because they'll match.


I think Mayo's been waiting around for us. Doesn't hurt that he and Gordon share the same agent. Probably steering him our way and doesn't seem many alternatives out there now. Maybe get him at half price of EG on 2-3 yr. Agreed. I'd like to see what he can do here with freedom like Beasley.
Ya, surprised the Suns didn't try and facilitate a S&T for Gordon considering all the stuff he said in the media probably rubbed the Hornets the wrong way.

Well I've read that a group of teams have targeted Mayo but never heard anything about any close deals or extensive talks or even visits. Thought I read Pacers, Celtics and even LAL were interested. Granted Celtics and LAL can't offer a real contract but still.

Like Beasley, I'm not totally sold on Mayo. They've both underperformed considering their draft position and hype coming into the league. But Dragic, Mayo and Beasley would be a young and offensively dynamic nucleus. Not sure if it would ever translate into a meaningfully competitive team or not but still it's something different.


Now trade Gortat damn it! I like him but I'm not sold on his position with this team going forward. Seeing as he's pretty much our only trade chip we need to cash in while we can.
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Im not sure why the Hornets brass said they will make us wait the whole three days for them to match. Not our fault a player wants out from that mickey mouse operation.
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Why not make life harder for your competitor?

I would do that with all my RFA
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Re: OJ Mayo to visit Phoenix

I liked OJ coming into the league. I thought that he would definitely be a better pro than he has shown thus far. Hopefully, if he signs in Phoenix, he'll have the free reign to develop into the guy that I thought he was capable of.
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Why not make life harder for your competitor?

I would do that with all my RFA
See this. This right here is why we never made and trades in sim leagues.
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See this. This right here is why we never made and trades in sim leagues.
No it's because you refused to give me a good deal!

But really, if a team was trying to take my best player from me(regardless of how that player feels) I'm making it as difficult on them as possible. Why would I match the minute I can when I can wait 3 days and still match while locking their cap space up to stop them from signing someone else.

No point in helping your competitor.


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Hey Demps,

Let's be friends go ahead and do a Sign and Trade for a Lakers first and Warrick.
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Ya, surprised the Suns didn't try and facilitate a S&T for Gordon considering all the stuff he said in the media probably rubbed the Hornets the wrong way.

Well I've read that a group of teams have targeted Mayo but never heard anything about any close deals or extensive talks or even visits. Thought I read Pacers, Celtics and even LAL were interested. Granted Celtics and LAL can't offer a real contract but still.

Like Beasley, I'm not totally sold on Mayo. They've both underperformed considering their draft position and hype coming into the league. But Dragic, Mayo and Beasley would be a young and offensively dynamic nucleus. Not sure if it would ever translate into a meaningfully competitive team or not but still it's something different.


Now trade Gortat damn it! I like him but I'm not sold on his position with this team going forward. Seeing as he's pretty much our only trade chip we need to cash in while we can.
Apparently, neither team seemed interested. Babby made a comment about not wanting to give up assets and "take a step back to take one forward." Paraphrasing. I guess they either wanted him or could live without.

Seems like Mayo and his agent may have known something all along. Just recently, he tweeted, new home in PHX? lol. But before that, teams showed some interest but nothing materalized to a meeting or team or $$ fit for what they were looking for. He'll have free reign here too. And thing about it with Mayo is, we get better/same production and possible better fit with Goran at half the price. It also still gives us freedom next yr to still spend or upgrade especially with a move or two with dead weight. I'm not totally sold on them together either yep, but it can could be fun with that kind of explosiveness. It's also exciting to see the team take risks and not every day we see this kind of young talent from former top picks out there - and we know they have talent. Not full out busts. Hey, if it's a disaster, we'll be picking high lol. Fine with me.

I don't know, seems like we'll hang on to Gortat for now. He may work well with Dragic still. Better option than Lopez. Wish we'd cut ties with him.
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Im not sure why the Hornets brass said they will make us wait the whole three days for them to match. Not our fault a player wants out from that mickey mouse operation.
You sure it didnt have anything to do with the preservation of cap space in order to place a bid on amnestied players that are getting signed today? Pretty lame to throw a shot at a team that is playing completely by the rules and is trying to round out their roster.
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You sure it didnt have anything to do with the preservation of cap space in order to place a bid on amnestied players that are getting signed today? Pretty lame to throw a shot at a team that is playing completely by the rules and is trying to round out their roster.
Could be. But even with New Orleans matching Gordon, they are not at a loss for cap space by any stretch.. So I would doubt it.
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Im not sure why the Hornets brass said they will make us wait the whole three days for them to match. Not our fault a player wants out from that mickey mouse operation.
They're poised to have a bright future if they continue to play their cards right.


I don't understand why some people don't understand that. Or why they support some spoiled bitch like Gordon pretending he gets to dictate what happens. Hes an RFA. He has say in sweet **** all right now.
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Apparently, neither team seemed interested. Babby made a comment about not wanting to give up assets and "take a step back to take one forward." Paraphrasing. I guess they either wanted him or could live without.

Seems like Mayo and his agent may have known something all along. Just recently, he tweeted, new home in PHX? lol. But before that, teams showed some interest but nothing materalized to a meeting or team or $$ fit for what they were looking for. He'll have free reign here too. And thing about it with Mayo is, we get better/same production and possible better fit with Goran at half the price. It also still gives us freedom next yr to still spend or upgrade especially with a move or two with dead weight. I'm not totally sold on them together either yep, but it can could be fun with that kind of explosiveness. It's also exciting to see the team take risks and not every day we see this kind of young talent from former top picks out there - and we know they have talent. Not full out busts. Hey, if it's a disaster, we'll be picking high lol. Fine with me.

I don't know, seems like we'll hang on to Gortat for now. He may work well with Dragic still. Better option than Lopez. Wish we'd cut ties with him.
It's something different and at the same time it's the same. Tons of offense limited defense. But either way I love that they are taking risks and trying something. I hope it works out.... a year or two from now. I want a really shitty team this year and try for a top pick.


I read that tweet from mayo too. The more I read the more it seems like Mayo has been waiting on us and only us.
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Shit. Now, others come out of woodwork.


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Free agent G OJ Mayo getting interest from Lakers, Chicago, Phoenix and Dallas and hopes to make decision in next 10 days, source tells Y!
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