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Mavs' Mayo to decline option, become free agent

The SportsXchange

Dallas Mavericks guard O.J. Mayo said he will decline the player option for the second season of his contract as he seeks a long-term deal.

Mayo, who signed with the Mavericks as a free agent last offseason, could have returned to Dallas for $4.2 million. The 25-year-old averaged 15.3 points, 4.4 assists and 3.5 rebounds.

"Getting something long term, locking something in is what I think is best for me," Mayo said Thursday, according to ESPNDallas.com.

That doesn't preclude Mayo from returning to the Mavericks. He averaged a team-high 35.5 minutes per game, and head coach Rick Carlisle said Mayo has the potential to be a building block for the franchise going forward.

Mayo just concluded his fifth NBA season. He and Carlisle battled at times, but the Mavericks' coach said it born out of him "to do well so badly that sometimes it gets the better of me."

Mayo didn't find the number of suitors he was hoping for on the free agent market last summer, but is hoping that changes this time around.

"I'm sure new teams have popped up on the list," Mayo said. "I need to talk to my agent (Rob Pelinka) and see what we can work out."
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