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O.J. Mayo | Guard | #3

Team: Milwaukee Bucks
Age / DOB:  (30) / 11/5/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 210
College: USC
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 1 (3) / MIN
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Although his NBA suspension remains in effect until the end of the 2017-18 season, O.J. Mayo is eligible to play in the G-League.
Back in 2016, Mayo was slapped with a two-year suspension due to drug violations. Mayo said recently that he's now clean and healthy and is interested in playing overseas to prepare for an NBA comeback. However, another option for him to consider would be staying stateside and suiting up for a G-League team. Mayo would likely field more lucrative offers in Europe, but grinding away in the G-League may improve his odds of eventually returning to the NBA. Aug 25 - 10:57 AM

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O.J. Mayo said he's hoping to make a return to the NBA in 2018.

Mayo admitted to smoking marijuana and abusing a prescription pain medication that triggered a two-year ban from the NBA last year, but he can apply for reinstatement on July 1, 2018. He has been working out with other NBA players and has shed 25 pounds, but most importantly, it sounds like he's getting his life back on track. Mayo said he's interested in playing in China, Spain or Israel this fall, but he hasn't received any offers yet. He's only 29, but Mayo still faces an uphill battle to make it back to the league.
Source: SI.com
Aug 21 - 1:25 PM

O.J. Mayo has filed an appeal on his two-year suspension from the league for violating the NBA's Anti-Drug Program.

Mayo said that he won't take the suspension lying down, and that he expects to return to the court "soon." The NBA has not clarified what drug Mayo tested positive for to queue the suspension, but the harsh response from the league indicates that he was using a "drug of abuse." It'll be interesting to see if Mayo can overturn the suspension, but even if he does, he won't be a viable target in standard leagues.
Source: TMZ
Tue, Aug 16, 2016 04:44:00 PM

O.J. Mayo has been dismissed and disqualified from the NBA for violating terms of the NBA/NBPA Anti-Drug Program.

Wow. This means that he likely tested positive for a drug of abuse. Mayo can apply for reinstatement in two years, but it's not a lock that he will play in the NBA again. Mayo was set to be a free agent this summer and is still recovering from a fractured ankle.
Fri, Jul 1, 2016 01:14:00 PM

O.J. Mayo sustained a fractured right ankle on Thursday morning after tripping while descending the stairs in his home, and he will miss the remainder of the 2015-16 season.

Surgery is a possibility for Mayo, and it's unclear if this injury will impact his status for next season, but we wish Mayo the best in his recovery. With both Michael Carter-Williams (hip) and Mayo set to spend the remainder of the year on the sidelines, Jerryd Bayless and Tyler Ennis will be soaking up all the point guard minutes in Milwaukee. Bayless should be logging over 30 minutes a night as the Bucks starting PG, and he's worth a look in most leagues for those seeking a low-end point guard.
Source: NBA.com
Thu, Mar 10, 2016 04:05:00 PM

Updating a previous item, O.J. Mayo (illness) will not play against the Heat on Wednesday.

It'll be Jerryd Bayless getting the start with Tyler Ennis backing him up. Mayo can be dropped in most leagues.
Wed, Mar 9, 2016 06:19:00 PM

O.J. Mayo is expected to come off the bench on Wednesday against the Heat.

He's been pretty bad for a few weeks and Jerryd Bayless has looked pretty good. Mayo can be dropped in most leagues now.
Wed, Mar 9, 2016 06:14:00 PM

O.J. Mayo missed all three of his shot attempts during Sunday's loss to the Thunder, registering three steals, one turnover and no other statistics through 24 scoreless minutes.

Yes, Mayo is starting in Milwaukee, but he's been nothing short of awful over the past month, owning meager averages of 5.6 points, 2.6 assists, 1.1 steals, 1.7 treys and 2.1 turnovers on 38.8 percent shooting. That's not going to cut it in most leagues.
Sun, Mar 6, 2016 07:06:00 PM

O.J. Mayo logged 34 minutes in another start on Wednesday, but he finished with just three points, five rebounds, two assists, one steal and two turnovers.

The playing time was nice, considering Mayo averaged just 20.5 minutes in his previous four games, but he failed to do anything with the extra opportunities. Michael Carter-Williams (knee) could return to action in the next few days, casting another pall on Mayo's fantasy prospects. Leave him on the wire in 12-team leagues.
Thu, Mar 3, 2016 01:17:00 AM

O.J. Mayo did not score in 13 minutes during a start again the Rockets on Monday with two rebounds, one assist and three turnovers.

Even with Michael Carter-Williams (knee) out, Mayo couldn't take advantage. There's a decent chance we see Jerryd Bayless leapfrog him as the starter. Mayo can be dropped in almost all leagues.
Tue, Mar 1, 2016 12:12:00 AM

O.J. Mayo scored three points against the Celtics on Thursday with two assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 20 minutes.

Even though he starts, it's not going to be easy for him to get consistent minutes. Coach Jason Kidd seems like he wants to keep Rashad Vaughn in the rotation, Khris Middleton plays huge minutes and Michael Carter-Williams plays starters' minutes off the bench. He's only worth a look in deep leagues.
Thu, Feb 25, 2016 10:19:00 PM

O.J. Mayo started the game and came off the bench in the second half against the Hawks on Saturday, finishing with nine points, seven rebounds, six assists, five steals and two 3-pointers.

It was odd to see him come off the bench to start the third. He didn't play in the final 5:52 of the first half and MCW started the third quarter with three fouls. Of course, anything goes with Jason Kidd. Mayo hasn't been great as the starter anyway, so he's more of a competitive 14-team guy.
Sat, Feb 20, 2016 11:14:00 PM

O.J. Mayo scored two points with one rebound, one assist, one steal, one block, three turnovers and four fouls in 20 minutes against the Wizards on Thursday.

Yeah, this is another case of don't overrate starters. Mayo did get in early foul trouble again, but he is still not a fantasy option in most leagues.
Thu, Feb 11, 2016 10:57:00 PM

O.J. Mayo (hamstring) returned from an 11-game absence and started at point guard on Tuesday vs. the Celtics, but he failed to score in 18 minutes.

He struggled with foul trouble and missed both of his shots, but he did have six assists and a rebound. "We might not have a true point guard but O.J. thrived in this situation last time," Coach Jason Kidd said regarding his decision to start Mayo. "We'll see how it goes this time." Mayo might stick with the first unit even though he was pretty rusty, but Michael Carter-Williams closed out Tuesday's game and is still the PG to own in Milwaukee. Mayo is only on the radar in deeper leagues.
Tue, Feb 9, 2016 10:41:00 PM

O.J. Mayo (hamstring) will start Tuesday vs. the Celtics, sending Michael Carter-Williams to the bench.

The Bucks will roll out a starting five of Mayo, Kris Middleton, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jabari Parker and Miles Plumlee for Tuesday's game with MCW and Greg Monroe coming off the bench. It'll be interesting to see how many minutes Jason Kidd gives Mayo given that O.J. has spent the past 11 games on the sidelines, but Carter-Williams' playing time looks ready to take a hit with both Mayo and Jerryd Bayless active.

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PF1Giannis Antetokounmpo
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C1John Henson
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