O.J. Mayo's career with the Grizzlies figuratively ended and resumed in the amount of time it took to complete one phone call and make another. The Grizzlies agreed to trade Mayo to the Indiana Pacers for forward/center Josh McRoberts and a 2011 first-round draft pick Thursday just before the NBA's trade deadline. The transaction was supposed to involve a third team but never got finalized because it was submitted to the league shortly after the 2 p.m. deadline. The deal was widely reported -- and Griz owner Michael Heisley spoke to The Commercial Appeal of his sadness over parting with Mayo, a favorite of the owner. But then Griz general manager Chris Wallace, in a text to the newspaper, said, "Despite published reports, O.J. was not traded." The failed trade added to what turned out to be a wild trade-deadline day. Heisley previously rejected all trade offers for Mayo but reluctantly approved the deal at the 11th hour.
When buzzer sounds, O.J. Mayo's still a Memphis Grizzly
Memphis Commercial Appeal | Feb 25