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O.J. Mayo Trade Makes Indiana Pacers Major Force In Eastern Conference

O.J. Mayo is finally heading to a team that wants him — and they’ve wanted him for some time. The Indiana Pacers have laded Mayo in a trade with the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for Josh McRoberts and Brandon Rush. The shooting guard helps round out the Pacers starting line-up and should push them forward.

“For their part, the Pacers have been looking for stability at the two-guard spot, and hope a fresh start will benefit Mayo, who had some issues off the court in Memphis,” writes Bill Ingram. “If they’re right, Mayo could be the piece that elevates the Pacers from a playoff team – which they absolutely solidified by signing David West – to a contender for home court advantage in the Eastern Conference.”

The deal also includes Kansas City native Brandon Rush who should become a solid scorer off the bench for the Grizzlies. Last year, Rush averaged just over 9 points per game.