Suspended shooting guard O.J. Mayo is hoping to return to the Milwaukee Bucks if his two-year ban is lifted, he said in an interview with Sports Illustrated.
Mayo was suspended in July 2016 for violating the league’s Anti-Drug program.
“I want to go back to what I left [in Milwaukee],” Mayo told SI. “I was real close with Jason Kidd. That was the best relationship I had with a coach besides [Barnes]. I had great relationships with Giannis [Antetokounmpo] and Khris Middleton. I was comfortable there. I felt like I let them down, cheated them for two years. They paid me $8 million to be, in my eyes, a subpar player. They invested millions of dollars for me to be on top of my s—, and when you’re not on top of your s—, it shows. If they just give me the chance, I can make it up. I owe them.”
Mayo, 29, can apply for reinstatement two years after being suspended. That would make him eligible to return to the NBA prior to the star of the 2018-19 season.
He averaged 10.6 points, 2.6 assists and 2.5 rebounds in 164 combined games with the Bucks from 2013–16.
Mayo was originally drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves with the No. 3 overall pick 2008, then immediately traded to the Memphis Grizzlies in a package centered on Kevin Love, drafted fifth overall.