The Philadelphia 76ers are in limbo on the O.J. Mayo trade, and the situation has made fans question their ownership.
But there’s hope that the Sixers can find a way to stay in contention if they keep the young point guard.
The Sixers have to make a decision in the next 24 hours about whether to re-sign the 29-year-old point guard, who is averaging 6.3 points and 3.7 rebounds in 14.5 minutes per game.
The deal was a deal worth more than $30 million over five years, but it was inked before Mayo had a chance to meet with teams, according to the team’s website.
The team signed the veteran to a four-year, $48 million deal with a player option for a sixth season that is fully guaranteed.
It is unclear if Mayo will meet with other teams to discuss the deal, but the Sixers have said they have no interest in the deal.
They will likely have to wait until the end of the day of the league year on Friday to hear if they have to exercise the option.
A team spokesperson declined to comment on whether Mayo was available for a meeting.
If he’s available, Mayo could play in all 82 games and the Sixers would still have two weeks to decide whether to retain him.
Or if he doesn’t play, they could cut ties with him, according the Sixers’ website.
If Mayo is released, the Sixers are in a situation similar to that of the Chicago Bulls, who signed former Oklahoma City Thunder forward Alex Abrines and waived center Omer Asik on March 15.
The Bulls have lost guard Brandon Roy and point guard Joffrey Lauvergne and also could lose point guard Richard Hamilton.