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March 27, 2020 01:16 PM
O.J. Mayo: Finds work in China
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Mayo agreed to a contract Thursday with a Chinese Basketball Association team, international basketball reporter Zhang Duo reports.

Since being dismissed and disqualified from the NBA for at least two years in July 2016, Mayo has bounced around the international ranks, spending time with clubs in Puerto Rico, Taiwan and China. He'll now get an opportunity in China's top league, but the 32-year-old seems unlikely to resurface in the NBA even though his suspension has concluded.

June 27, 2018 05:36 PM
O.J. Mayo: Let go by Puerto Rican team
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Mayo was released Puerto Rican team Atleticos de San German, Sportnado reports.

Mayo started 18 of his 21 appearances with the team, though had his fair share of struggles, shooting just 39.0 percent from the field and 34.7 percent from beyond the arc. He also averaged 13.4 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.1 steals. At 30 years old, he's still young enough to theoretically make an NBA comeback, but his performance with Atleticos de San German doesn't suggest any team will want to take the risk.

April 4, 2018 03:05 PM
O.J. Mayo: Signs with Puerto Rican club
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Mayo has agreed to a contract with San German in Puerto Rico, Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports reports.

Mayo was "dismissed and disqualified" from the NBA in July of 2016 for violating the NBA/NBPA's Anti-Drug Program. Though he planned to appeal his two-year ban, that never came to fruition, so this summer will be the first time he's been eligible to sign an NBA deal. He'll presumably be using his time in Puerto Rico to get some run in before testing NBA waters once again. During his most recent NBA season in Milwaukee, the guard averaged 7.8 points, 2.9 assists and 2.6 rebounds across 26.6 minutes.

August 17, 2016 10:13 AM
O.J. Mayo: Plans to appeal two-year ban
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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.

July 1, 2016 01:16 PM
O.J. Mayo: Dismissed from NBA for at least two years
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Mayo was "dismissed and disqualified" from the NBA for violating the NBA/NBPA's Anti-Drug Program, Marc J. Spears of ESPN reports.

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.

March 10, 2016 04:52 PM
Bucks' O.J. Mayo: Out for remainder of season
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Mayo has suffered a fracture in his right ankle and will miss the remainder of the season, Shams Charania of The Vertical reports.

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.

March 9, 2016 06:26 PM
Bucks' O.J. Mayo: Out for Wednesday's game
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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.

March 1, 2016 10:39 AM
Bucks' O.J. Mayo: Plays only 13 minutes, records three turnovers Monday
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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.

February 21, 2016 02:07 AM
Bucks' O.J. Mayo: Fills stat sheet in Saturday win
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Mayo had nine points (3-8 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 1-2 FT), seven rebounds, six assists and five steals in 38 minutes on Saturday in a win over the Hawks.

Mayo is working his way back into playing shape after missing 11 games within January and February, but the 38 minutes he played on Saturday are a great sign for his fantasy production going forward. Bucks coach Jason Kidd seems to like having Mayo out on the court since he was averaging 30 minutes per game in the month of December, and there's a good chance he gets back to that same role. We may want to see another performance or two before adding Mayo to our season-long rosters.

February 11, 2016 07:31 PM
Bucks' O.J. Mayo: Will start Thursday
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Mayo will draw a second consecutive start at point guard Thursday against the Wizards, C.F. Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Mayo will run with the starters again, while coach Jason Kidd continues to bring Michael Carter-Williams off the bench. Despite the designation as a starter Tuesday, Mayo saw just 18 minutes compared to 26 from Carter-Williams, so the move likely won't benefit Mayo's minutes as much as originally believed. It remains unclear how long Coach Kidd will go with this lineup, but it could be changed as soon as the All-Star break is over.

February 10, 2016 11:00 AM
Bucks' O.J. Mayo: Scoreless over 18 minutes in start at point guard
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Mayo (hamstring) tallied no points (0-2 FG, 0-2 3Pt), six assists, and one rebound across 18 minutes in Tuesday's 112-111 win over the Celtics.

Mayo was returning from an 11-game absence due to the sore hamstring, but that didn't deter coach Jason Kidd from making major alterations to his starting lineup Tuesday. Kidd inserted Mayo in at point guard for Michael Carter-Williams at point guard, while Miles Plumlee replaced Greg Monroe at center. Both Mayo and Plumlee (18 minutes), who have primarily come off the bench this season, still ended up seeing far less court time than Carter-Williams (26 minutes) and Monroe (30 minutes), so Mayo won't make for a strong waiver claim even if he maintains hold on the starting job.

February 9, 2016 07:01 PM
Bucks' O.J. Mayo: Starts against Boston
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Mayo will start at point guard Tuesday against the Celtics, Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe reports

Mayo gets the nod over Michael Carter-Williams, but there's no guarantee Mayo will end up seeing more time on the court Tuesday with this surprising change from coach Jason Kidd. Especially since Mayo has been confined to the sidelines over the past 11 games with a hamstring injury.

February 8, 2016 01:28 PM
Bucks' O.J. Mayo: Set to return Tuesday
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Mayo (hamstring) is set to return Tuesday against the Celtics, CF Gardner of the Journal Sentinel reports.

Mayo returned to practice last week but was held out of Friday's game against the Jazz as he continues to build back strength in his hamstring. Coach Jason Kidd, addressing the media Monday morning, confirmed that Mayo will be available Tuesday night, though he noted the Bucks will still be without John Henson, who's nursing a back injury. The veteran Mayo was a key bench piece during the Bucks surprisingly successful 2014-15 campaign, but he's fallen off a cliff this season, averaging just 9.1 points per game on 37.4 percent shooting, both career-lows by a fair margin.

February 4, 2016 07:00 PM
Bucks' O.J. Mayo: Will not play Friday
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Mayo (hamstring) went through practice on Thursday, but will not play in Friday's game against the Jazz, C.F. Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Mayo has missed the last nine games with a hamstring injury and is set to keep that streak alive when he sits out on Friday against the Jazz. He reportedly looked good while going through practice on Thursday, so a return to the court could be coming sooner than expected. Despite optimism of a potential return, the Bucks could very well still hold him out through the All-Star break. Look for Jerryd Bayless and Rashad Vaughn to continue to pick up a few extra minutes in his place.

February 1, 2016 10:23 AM
Bucks' O.J. Mayo: Out again for Monday's game
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Mayo (hamstring) has been ruled out for Monday's game against the Kings, Aron Yohannes of reports.

Mayo hasn't been given a timetable for his return from a sore right hamstring, but with few encouraging updates coming from the Bucks thus far during his soon-to-be nine-game absence, there's a good possibility that the swingman could be out until after the All-Star break. His unavailability will continue to open up more minutes for reserve guards Jerryd Bayless and Rashad Vaughn.

January 29, 2016 07:45 PM
Bucks' O.J. Mayo: Ruled out for Friday
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Mayo (hamstring) has been ruled out for Friday's game against Miami, Milwaukee play-by-play announcer Ted Davis reports.

Mayo will miss his seventh consecutive game Friday as he continues to be hampered by a nagging hamstring injury. The Bucks will continue to lean on Jerryd Bayless and Rashad Vaughn to absorb Mayo's playing time when they take the floor Friday. Mayo will have two more days off to continue his rehab before his next chance to return on Monday against the Kings.

January 28, 2016 12:11 PM
Bucks' O.J. Mayo: Listed as out for Thursday
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Mayo (hamstring) is being listed as out for Thursday's game against the Grizzlies, Charles F. Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Mayo has missed the Bucks' last six games due to a sore left hamstring and doesn't seem to have a clear timetable for a return. Since a right hamstring strain also delayed his season debut, Mayo has been limited to just 29 appearances for the Bucks, during which he's averaged 9.1 points (on 37.4% shooting), 3.1 assists, 2.6 boards, and 1.2 steals across 27.1 minutes.

January 19, 2016 11:16 AM
Bucks' O.J. Mayo: Won't play Tuesday night
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Mayo (hamstring) will not play in Tuesday's game against Miami, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

With Mayo set to miss a third consecutive game, Jerryd Bayless and Rashad Vaughn will handle most of the reserve minutes in Milwaukee's backcourt. Bayless just returned from an ankle injury Saturday, putting up three points, six assists, two rebounds and a block in 22 minutes against the Hornets.

January 16, 2016 06:58 PM
Bucks' O.J. Mayo: Will not play Saturday
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Mayo (hamstring) did not travel with the team for Saturday's game against Charlotte, Charles Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Mayo will miss his second consecutive game Saturday as he continues to receive treatment on his injured hamstring. However, Jerryd Bayless is expected to play, adding some much-needed depth to the Bucks' point guard corps.

January 15, 2016 07:06 PM
Bucks' O.J. Mayo: Will not play Friday
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Mayo (hamstring) will not play Friday versus the Hawks, Aron Yohannes of reports.

Mayo was questionable heading into the evening, and will not be able to go Friday. He left Wednesday's game versus the Wizards after 13 minutes due to soreness in his hamstring. His next opportunity to return will be Saturday versus the Hornets.