The Boston Celtics are interested in trading for Memphis Grizzlies’ guard O.J. Mayo. (Steve Babineau/Getty Images)
The Boston Celtics are considering trying to trade for Memphis Grizzlies guard O.J. Mayo and, though nothing is imminent, may be willing to include forward Brandon Bass in a sign-and-trade deal, reports CSNNE.com‘s A. Sherrod Blakely.
The Celtics nearly pulled off a trade for Mayo at the trade deadline in March. According to a report by Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, Boston coach Doc Rivers had actually called veteran guard Ray Allen to tell him he had been traded, only to have to call him back when the deal fell apart at the last minute.
It appears the Celtics are interested in making another run at Mayo. The team is at a turning point with Kevin Garnett and Allen – two of the team’s Big Three – both free agents. Some of the team’s top role players, including Bass, are also free agents.
Bass, a young, athletic forward, could be an attractive piece for Memphis. But he would need to sign off on any potential sign-and-trade deal. Blakely reports Bass will likely want a deal close to the four-year, $26-million contract signed by Glen “Big Baby” Davis.
Boston’s two first-round selections in Thursday’s draft, Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger and Syracuse’s Fab Melo, both provide the team with depth in the frontcourt. Those picks may make it easier for the team to move Bass for Mayo, a high-scoring combo guard.