Posted June 29, 2012

Grizzlies fail to qualify guard O.J. Mayo, making him an unrestricted free agent

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The Memphis Grizzlies issued qualifying offers to two of their impending free agents, but they did not extend one to guard O.J. Mayo. That makes the sought-after Mayo an unrestricted free agent.

Ronald Tillery of Memphis’ Commerical Appeal writes that Mayo’s high qualifying threshold — $7.4 million — factored into the Grizzlies’ decision to let him go without compensation. The team is only $7.7 million from having to pay the luxury tax.

The Boston Celtics are frequently cited as having a great deal of interest in Mayo; the team nearly completed a deal for him (for Ray Allen) at this season’s trade deadline. Now they may be able to add Mayo to their roster without giving up anything in return.