The Pistons' slow march to the lottery should be met with a dose of optimism, and should the franchise handle its business this summer, it'll be their last visit to Secaucus, N.J., for quite some time.

They've hit on their draft picks in recent years, and now they've finally removed themselves from salary cap purgatory, ready to make a splash in the open market come July.

One player who will be — or at least should be — on their radar is Mavericks shooting guard O.J. Mayo, who has the option of entering free agency after the season.

Mayo, after overtures from the Bulls, Lakers and Suns, signed with the Mavericks because a starting spot was available and they were willing to give him an early termination option after one year.

He wasn't highly thought of after his last two seasons with the Memphis Grizzlies, the team that drafted him in 2008. After averaging 18 points a game in his first two seasons, he struggled as the team shifted to a more Marc Gasol-Zach Randolph-centric offense.

His scoring went down to around 12 per game, making people wonder if the talented two-guard was all flash and no substance — and in the NBA, a player can fall off the map in the blink of an eye in terms of public perception.