Mavs' Mayo declines player option
Dallas Mavericks guard O.J. Mayo said he will decline the player option for the second season of his contract as he seeks a long-term deal.
Mayo, who signed with the Mavericks as a free agent last offseason, could have returned to Dallas for $4.2 million. The 25-year-old averaged 15.3 points, 4.4 assists and 3.5 rebounds.
"Getting something long term, locking something in is what I think is best for me," Mayo said on Thursday, according to ESPNDallas.com.
That doesn't preclude Mayo from returning to the Mavs. Coach Rick Carlisle said Mayo has the potential to be a building block for the franchise going forward.
Meanwhile, the NBA unveiled an anti-flopping disciplinary schedule on Thursday that will be used during the 2013 playoffs.
In the postseason, players will be fined $5,000 for a first offense, $10,000 for a second, $15,000 for a third and $30,000 for a fourth. Beyond that, a player is subject to an increased fine and/or suspension.
The league defines flopping as a physical act intended to gain a foul call on another player. (Editing by Gene Cherry)