The Indiana Pacers were very close to acquiring O.J. Mayo from the Memphis Grizzlies at the NBA trade deadline last season, but a deal was nixed at the last minute. Now, they appear close to acquiring him again. The two teams are discussing a deal that would send Mayo to Indiana for free-agent forward Josh McRoberts and guard Brandon Rush, according to Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld.
The deal is not that different from the one at the trade deadline last year. The two sides had agreed to swap Mayo for McRoberts then, but didn't submit the deal in time to commissioner David Stern. The only differences are that McRoberts must be sign-and-traded because he is a free-agent and that Rush is now in the deal.
Mayo had an up-and-down year for Memphis last season, losing his starting spot, getting in trouble for gambling on the team plane and nearly getting dealt before eventually settling into a sixth-man role. McRoberts had arguably the best season of his career for the Pacers last season.