The Suns made it obvious that their number one target in free agency was New Orleans guard Eric Gordon, but with the Hornets set to match it may be time for option two.
And that, according to ESPN NBA insider Marc Stein, is Memphis guard O.J. Mayo.
If Hornets match PHX offer sheet to Eric Gordon, as they've vowed, desert sources say this is definite: OJ Mayo will be courted hard by Suns— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 11, 2012
Mayo, drafted third overall by Minnesota in 2008 (and traded to Memphis on draft night), has been a bit of an underachiever throughout his career.
He has shown flashes of excellent scoring ability, averaging 18.5 points per game as a rookie and 17.5 a night his second year -- but has been relegated to a reserve role the last two seasons, leading his numbers to drop.
At 6-foot-4 and 210 pounds, Mayo has decent size, but tends to struggle on the defensive end as well, and one would wonder if the Suns shifting attention towards him would go against their pre-free agency idea of not spending money just for the sake of spending money.
Unlike Gordon, though, Mayo is not a restricted free agent, meaning there is no threat of a contract being matched. If he agrees to a deal with Phoenix, that's it. He's coming.