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Jason Maxiell to sign two-year, $5 million contract with Magic

Jul 18, 2013, 1:42 PM EDT

Glen Davis, Jason Maxiell, Kyle Singler, Brandon Knight

When several veterans boycotted a Pistons shootaround a couple years ago, no more-tenured player showed up than Jason Maxiell.

Maxiell has spent eight seasons with the Pistons, quietly going about his business. His weight was an issue at times after signing a four-year, $20 million extension, but he got back into shape a couple seasons ago and became a starter until Andre Drummond eventually replaced him.

At 30, Maxiell is at the crossroads between heading to a contender for less money and searching for another high-paying, by the standard’s of his game, contract. He apparently took the money, because it’s difficult to imagine him getting more elsewhere.

Vincent Goodwill of The Detroit News:

For the tanking Magic, this move doesn’t make much on-court sense. Maxiell is too limited – though he’s a capable mid-range jump shooter for his position and a decent defender – to help a team so far from playoff contention, and he’s too old to help the Magic by the time they’re good enough to win.

But he should be a good presence in the locker room, and that does have value. The Magic need someone, apparently Maxiell, to teach their younger players the ropes. If the youngsters grow quickly, Orlando can decline Maxiell’s team option. If they need more tutelage or Maxiell has a slight renaissance to the point he has trade value, the Magic can exercise the option.

Maxiell missed the final eight games of last season due to a detached retina, but the issue wasn’t expected to hinder him long-term.

  1. metrocritical - Jul 18, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    Best of luck, Jason. While not a particularly gifted athlete by NBA standards and too much of a tweener size wise, he has always hustled and gotten the most out of his abilities. Very coachable and a good guy on the bench and for limited minutes on the court.

    • boltokmymaster - Jul 18, 2013 at 2:26 PM


  2. 2dmo4 - Jul 18, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    Hey Orlando be prepared for some thunderous dunks. He is also a very nice and genuine dude.

  3. ihavenonickname - Jul 18, 2013 at 2:59 PM

    He attacks the rim well, wish my team signed him.

  4. datdangdrewdundunituhgin - Jul 18, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    he was a consummate professional and he always hustled here in detroit. a good guy and i hope he finds some degree of success in orlando. he should bring something to the table there and will not be a bad influence on their young guys. good signing.

  5. 00maltliquor - Jul 18, 2013 at 6:08 PM

    I don’t see where he fits in with Nicholson and Big Baby on the roster, with Harrington still hanging around as well. They need a backup C bad. And none of the guys named above along with Maxiell should play that position.

  6. pistolpete0903 - Jul 19, 2013 at 12:35 AM

    Go Bearcats!!!!!

  7. themagicfanguy - Jul 19, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    @Malt O’Quinn is the backup center until further notice, he has done well at it so far. So no, we do not need a backup center badly. Big Baby can slide to center sometimes too.

    I see no reason why a lottery noun squad like ours would “badly” need anything. We are tanking, plain and simple.

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