Rich Keefe of Celticshub.com was brave enough to ask O.J. Mayo prior to the Grizzlies' tipoff at the Garden on Sunday night whether he would be open to playing for the Boston Celtics in the future. Somewhat surprisingly, Mayo gave a pretty positive response.
"Yeah, sure," said Mayo. "[The Celtics have] always been one of the top organizations in basketball. Ever since you were a little boy start playing basketball you always heard about the Boston Celtics and Larry Bird, all the great players, it's always been a great organization."
Don't read too much into statement. It is tough to tell how much of the statement was simply giving lip service to a local blogger (Mayo also reiterated his goal to win an NBA Championship in Memphis). Mayo will be a restricted free agent following this season, meaning he is going to be difficult to tear away from Memphis whether he wants to leave or not. He is averaging 12.5 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game this season.