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    OJ Mayo takes act to ABL after signing with Fubon Braves

    Oct 18, 2019
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    FORMER NBA player OJ Mayo is taking his act to East Asia after signing with the Fubon Braves in the Asean Basketball League (ABL).

    The eight-year NBA veteran had stints in Puerto Rico and Taiwan before signing up with one of the ABL’s newest teams, which is also based in Taiwan.

    The 31-year-old Mayo was selected third overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 2008 NBA draft, before being traded, along with Marko Jaric, Antoine Walker, and Greg Buckner, to the Memphis Grizzlies for Mike Miller, Brian Cardinal, Jason Collins, and the fifth pick in that same draft which turned out to be Kevin Love.

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    Mayo had impressive seasons early in NBA career, being part of the All-Rookie first team in 2008 for the Grizzlies and had decent stints with Dallas and Milwaukee.

    However, after being suspended by the NBA for 10 games in 2010 after testing positive for steroid use, Mayo was banned from the league for two years in 2016 for violating its anti-drug program.

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    He is already eligible to play in the NBA for the coming season but chose to sign up with the ABL squad.

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