May 9, 2012; Memphis, TN, USA; Memphis Grizzlies shooting guard O.J. Mayo (32) passes the ball while guarded by Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul (3) during the second half of game five in the Western Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at FedEx Forum. The Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 92-80. Mandatory Credit: Spruce Derden-US PRESSWIRE

What Shooting Guard Should the Los Angeles Clippers target in 2012 NBA free agency?

Before Neil Olshey left the Los Angeles Clippers to be the GM of the Portland Trail Blazers, he said they needed to find more of a traditional 2-guard who could stretch the floor with 3-point shooting and play high energy defense.

Their solution might be currently living in Memphis, Tennessee

O.J. Mayo, the former No. 3 overall pick, hasn’t lived up to the hype so far in the NBA, but in my opinion it has been because of his circumstances, not his talent. 

Mayo is a guy who could average 25 a game if he was on a NBA lottery team; instead he has had his minutes yanked around by Lionel Hollins, and has never been able to find a complete offensive rhythm. He did a pretty good job finding rhythm in the NBA playoffs, however, and that should be a good sign for the Clippers.

Mayo is also familiar with Los Angeles, having played his college ball down the road from the Staples Center at USC. Nick Young’s name comes to mind here: another USC shooting guard who looked much more comfortable in his Clippers press conferences, than he ever did in a Wizards uniform.
Another reason the Clippers should go after him: the Grizzlies aren’t likely to match any large offers for the shooting guard. They already have $49 million tied up in Rudy Gay, Zach Randolph, Marc Gasol, and Mike Conley. The Clippers need his wing scoring and would not relegate him to a bench.

Come on over O.J. That familiar sunshine feels real nice; just ask Nick Young.

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