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The Mavs aren't the only team conflicted about OJ Mayo. A survey of several GMs on what Mayo might garner on the o-
pen market ranged from "not much more" than what he's slated to make next season to "Oh, $10 to $12 million easy." The conflict starts with the interpretation of his performance with the Mavs this season. After two years coming off the bench for playoff teams, he started for Dallas, as he did his first two years in the league for lottery-bound Memphis squads. No one disputes he produces numbers, but the question is: are they winning ones? The feeling remains he has to have the ball in his hands to be effective, but how much does the attention he draws create opportunities for everybody else? He has the option to stay with the Mavs for $4.2 million next season or hit the free-agent market. There's little doubt he could opt out and get more, but there's also the theory that a lot of teams are clearing loads of cap space for the 2014 free-agent bonanza. Not all those teams will get the free agent of their dreams and have to settle for overpaying Plan Bs and Cs. Also known as Carlos Boozer and Amare Stoudemire (Bs) or Drew Gooden and Brendan Haywood (Cs). That might just be the smarter play, financially, for Mayo.