DALLAS – For their part, the Dallas Mavericks aren’t making too much out of the poor performance by guard OJ Mayo in the two games in Europe.
In the games against Alba Berlin and FC Barcelona Regal, Mayo contributed a total of nine points, grabbed five rebounds, handed out six assists, had four steals, committed four turnovers and was just 2-of-13 from the field in 50 minutes. That includes scoring only one point on 0-of-7 shooting in 24 minutes in last Tuesday's contest against FC Barcelona Regal.
“He’ll be all right,’’ forward Dirk Nowitzki said. “He’s been working since July when I was here, running in the gym, shooting, so he put in a lot of work in the summer and has just got to put it together with the new teammates.
“I’m not worried about him. He’s a hard worker.’’
The Mavs signed Mayo to a two-year, $8,220,900 contract back in July, with the second year being a player option that pays him $4,200,900. The Mavs are hoping Mayo can take up the slack left behind when they decided not to re-sign Jason Terry, who eventually inked a free agent contract with the Boston Celtics.
Early returns on Mayo are not good. But the Mavs know it's way too early to make any long-term conclusions.
“He puts in the hours,’’ Nowitzki said. “We’ve just got to get used to him a little more.
“He’s got to know where his shots are coming from, where the other guys are getting the ball and where he’s going to get it back.’’
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