Mayo told TMZ Sports on Tuesday that he has already filed an appeal for his two-year suspension for a violation of the NBA and NBPA's Anti-Drug Program.
The 28-year-old was "dismissed and disqualified" from the league in July due to the unspecified violation, and while he's able to continue his career overseas if he wishes, it appears Mayo isn't eager to wait two years to apply for reinstatement to the NBA. Mayo indicated in the TMZ video that he would soon explain his side of the story regarding the violation, but for now, his primary focus is on recovering from the season-ending fractured ankle he suffered in March. Even if Mayo is able to get his suspension reduced or wiped away entirely, it's doubtful that many NBA teams will be interested in bringing him aboard given his diminishing production and the baggage he carries. Mayo was unremarkable in his 41 games with the Bucks last season, averaging 7.8 points (on 37.1% shooting from the field), 2.9 assists, 2.6 rebounds, 1.2 three-pointers and 1.2 steals across 26.6 minutes per game.
While the specifics of Mayo's violation are not known at this time, it will be two years before the 28-year-old shooting guard can appeal for reinstatement into the NBA. Once the top high school recruit in the country, Mayo has struggled mightily after a very promising start to his NBA career. Despite those struggles, Mayo likely would have had no issues finding a team this offseason given the lack of shooting guards in this free agent class, but now the former third overall will likely be playing overseas for at least the next two seasons.
There is a chance that Mayo receives surgery on the fractured leg later this week, but no specifics have been released. The 28-year-old suffered the injury sometime this week and will join Steve Novak and Michael Carter-Williams on the bench, as they have all suffered season-ending injuries in the past couple of weeks. Mayo ends his season averaging 7.8 points, 2.9 assists, 2.6 rebounds, 1.2 steals, and 0.2 blocks in 27 minutes per game during 41 games. He emerged as the starting point guard midway through the season due to injuries and lackluster play from Michael Carter-Williams and Jerryd Bayless. He is in the final year of his contract with Milwaukee.
O.J. Mayo will not play in Wednesday's game against the Heat due to illness.
It was announced on Wednesday evening that Mayo was ill and would miss the game. It's unclear what exactly his illness is or how long it will effect him. He should be considered questionable for Saturday's game against the Pelicans. Jerryd Bayless will be getting the start in Mayo's place, and is likely in for a minutes increase while Mayo is out.
O.J. Mayo continued to start at point guard in Monday's 128-121 win over the Rockets, but was held scoreless (0-2 FG, 0-1 3Pt) while providing two rebounds, one assist, and three turnovers across just 13 minutes.
Mayo looked to be in line for enhanced production after Michael Carter-Williams (knee) was made a late scratch, but the subsequent return of Jerryd Bayless (knee) ended up limiting Mayo's utility. Bayless ended up scoring 18 points while knocking down five three-pointers over 35 minutes, suggesting that he'll retain primacy in the rotation ahead of Mayo now that he's back to full health. Additionally, Mayo could lose out on even more court time once Carter-Williams is back in action, so there probably isn't much incentive to keep Mayo on many fantasy rosters at this point in the season.
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