Credit: AFP – Scanpix
Credit AFP – Scanpix

EuroCup runners-up UNICS Kazan are adding another big name to their roster. Business Online report that the Russian team is adding former NBA swingman O.J. Mayo.

Both sides have agreed to a one-year deal but and while no contract has been signed yet, it now seems inevitable.

In 2016, Mayo was suspended for two years from the NBA after failing the league's anti-drug program. He spent the last three seasons playing in Puerto Rico, Taiwan, and China.

Mayo was the third overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft. He played for the Memphis Grizzlies, Dallas Mavericks, and Milwaukee Bucks during his time in the NBA.

His best year in the NBA was his rookie season when Mayo averaged 18.5 points (38.4% 3PT), 3.8 rebounds, and 3.2 assists with the Grizzlies.

The 33-year-old averaged 20.2 points (44.9% 3PT), 4.9 rebounds, and 3.1 assists in the Chinese Basketball Association.

Current roster


Position Player Status
PG Isaiah Canaan (story) Signed until 2022
PG Georgy Zhbanov Contract option + 1
SG Lorenzo Brown (story) Signed until 2022
SG Vyacheslav Zaytsev (story) Signed until 2023
SG Artem Komolov (story) Signed until 2022 + 1
SG/SF Dmitrii Uzinskii (story) Signed until 2022
SF Mario Hezonja (story) Signed until 2022 + 1
PF John Brown Signed until 2023
PF Andrey Vorontsevich (story) Signed until 2022 + 1
PF Evgeny Valiev (story) Signed until 2022
C Tonye Jekiri (story) Signed until 2022
C Artem Klimenko (story) Signed until 2022 + 1
Coach Velimir Perasovic (story)
Expired contract Dimitris Priftis (not coming back), Jordan Morgan (not coming back), Jordan Theodore (not coming back), Jamar Smith, Nate Wolters (not coming back), John Holland (not coming back), Okaro White (not coming back), Kostas Kaimakoglou, Evgeny Kolesnikov (not coming back), Pavel Antipov, Pavel Sergeev (not coming back), Will Thomas (not coming back)
Rumored to leave  
Interested O.J. Mayo (story), Jarrell Brantley (story) Jamaal Franklin (story)

See all the EuroLeague transfer market news here.

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