With the NBA Draft on Thursday, expect a bunch of trade rumors to be flooding the blogosphere and your twitter feed in the coming days so let me have the honors of presenting you with one of the earliest reports.
Yesterday, our "buddies" over there at Yahoo! Sports announced that the Hornets are actively trying to trade superstar point guard Chris Paul to teams who are trying to sign LeBron James. The idea behind the maneuver would be that any team who acquires Paul would be able to lure James to play alongside Paul. Well, there has been some talks about Memphis reportedly trying to trade former USC guard O.J. Mayo for Paul.
The Memphis Grizzlies offered O.J. Mayo (notes) as part of a package for Paul recently, but talks went nowhere.
However, the Grizzlies have since denied that they're shopping Mayo. Per the Memphis Commercial Appeal:
"Unequivocally, O.J. Mayo was not part of any discussions about a trade for Chris Paul," Heisley said Monday night. "That is not true. Where do these people get this stuff?"
Yahoo! Sports reported on its website Monday that "The Memphis Grizzlies offered O.J. Mayo as part of a package for Paul recently, but talks went nowhere."
Heisley acknowledged that he approached New Orleans about Paul's availability but insisted "Mayo was not part of the package that I talked to them about."
Here's what Heisley and Yahoo! Sports agree on: The Griz and Hornets never came close to serious negotiations.
What's more telling is the extreme length Heisley has gone to in order to reassure Mayo that they aren't looking to deal him elsewhere because apparently he pouted last time his name surfaced in trade reports.
Still, Heisley sounded irritated that Mayo's name was mishandled in a trade report for a second time this year.
Heisley maintains that he didn't shop Mayo at the trade deadline in an attempt to acquire Golden State guard Monta Ellis.
The reported Griz-Warriors transaction angered Mayo at the time and his play reflected it. Heisley later reassured Mayo about his future with the Griz near the end of last season.
Time for this kid to grow up. I don't see how he justified slacking off toward the end of last season simply on the basis that his team was shopping him at the trade deadline. He has a contract that insists he performs to the best of his abilities. That means showing up, playing hard, and listening to his coach. Being trading is a part of professional sports. That's how it goes. Shaq has been traded. Vince Carter has been traded. Heck, Pistol Pete was traded. It's part of the program. Deal with it.