O.J. Mayo Trade To Pacers Missed Deadline

The Indiana Pacers reportedly agreed to send Josh McRoberts and a first-round pick to the Grizzlies for O.J. Mayo. But the teams missed the NBA trade deadline.

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O.J. Mayo Trade To Pacers Missed Deadline Because Of Third Team, According To Report

More details are now emerging on why a trade that would have sent O.J. Mayo from the Grizzlies to the Pacers for Josh McRoberts and a first-round pick was voided because it missed the 3 p.m. deadline.

Ronald Tillery of the Memphis Commercial Appeal reports that the two teams agreed on the trade, but the Pacers wanted to make it a three-way deal to help them financially. The New Orleans Hornets were recruited to make that happen, but backed out at the last minute. Desperate to make things happen, the Grizzlies and Pacers recruited a different third team, but by the time the three squads got on the call, it was 3:01 and too late. The Hornets were likely to receive Brandon Rush from the Pacers, according to Mike Wells of the Indy Star.

Grizzlies owner Michael Heisley told NBA.com's David Aldridge that it was the Pacers that weren't able to make it happen, which somewhat backs up Tillery's account. The reality, though, is that it was a failure on every team's part that caused the trade to break down. Clearly, the trade deadline is truly a deadline that cannot be passed under any circumstances. 

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O.J. Mayo Trade Missed Deadline, Grizzlies, Pacers Blaming Each Other

In one of the stranger NBA trade deadline stories in recent memory, a proposed trade that would have sent O.J. Mayo to the Indiana Pacers for Josh McRoberts and a first-round pick was agreed upon after the 3 p.m. deadline, making it null and void. Now, after the fact, both the Pacers and the Grizzlies are blaming each other, with conflicting reports coming out about what exactly happened.

Mike Wells of the Indianapolis Star talked to a Pacers source who said it was the Grizzlies that backed out of the trade at the last minute.

No deal between Pacers and Grizzlies. Deal was in place, but Grizzlies pulled out at the last minute, according to a source.

The Grizzlies, meanwhile, say otherwise. Owner Michael Heisley told Chris Tomasson of Fanhouse that the Grizzlies wanted to add another big man into the deal and couldn't make it happen before 3 p.m. He then turned around and all but blamed the incident on the Pacers, telling David Aldridge that "Indiana was not able to get it all together."

Regardless, Mayo will stay in Memphis, and the Grizzlies only trade will be acquiring Shane Battier for Hasheem Thabeet and a first-round pick.

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O.J. Mayo Trade To Pacers May Have Missed Deadline

The Memphis Grizzlies reached an agreement to trade O.J. Mayo to the Indiana Pacers for Josh McRoberts and a first-round pick, but Mike Wells of the Indianapolis Star reports that the deal may have missed the NBA's 3 PM Eastern trade deadline.

The Grizzlies had reportedly fielded offers on Mayo for weeks, as the No. 3 pick in the 2008 NBA Draft had suffered some real indignities this season. Mayo fell out of the starting lineup around midseason as coach Lionel Hollins turned to Xavier Henry, Sam Young and Tony Allen. Then he was involved in a fight with Allen on a team flight around New Year's. Finally, he was suspended 10 games for testing positive for a banned substance. His trade value couldn't possibly get lower.

The Pacers could use a wing shooter with the raw talent of Mayo, and it'd be unfortunate if the deal fell through. McRoberts also figured to help the Grizzlies' depth up front as the team pushes for a playoff post in the West.

For Pacers trade (or un-trade) analysis, visit Indy Cornrows.

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O.J. Mayo Traded To Pacers For Josh McRoberts, First-Round Pick, According To Report

O.J. Mayo was involved in many NBA trade rumors, and it appears he has indeed been traded. Mayo is reportedly heading to the Indiana Pacers for Josh McRoberts and the Pacers' first-round draft pick, according to Chris Vernon of FOX Sports Memphis. Jeremiah Johnson of FOX Sports has confirmed the news.  

The pick the Grizzlies get replaces the one they sent to the Houston Rockets in exchange for Shane Battier. The picks are likely to be in the same range, since both teams are on the fringes of the playoffs. On the whole, Memphis replaces Mayo with the steadier Battier for a comparable pick, at the cost of draft bust Hasheem Thabeet.

Mayo has been involved in trade rumors all season after getting involved in a fight over a gambling debt and being caught for using PEDs, but he is an upgrade for the Pacers at shooting guard. Mayo was rumored to be heading to the Bulls, but Chicago was unable to pull anything off. McRoberts has been a sometimes-starter for the Pacers at power forward, but the position was crowded with Tyler Hansbrough's emergence. 

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