Why Jason Maxiell ranks No. 8
Jason Maxiell would have placed higher had I done this rankings earlier in the season, but he’s really struggled lately. In his last five games, he’s averaging 3.8 points and 2.0 rebounds. If the Pistons wanted to trade Maxiell, his slump his coming at a bad time, and so did his birthday. Maxiell turned 30 Monday, and although there’s no significant difference between Maxiell today and Maxiell a week ago, it’s just another reminder that his best play is likely behind him.
But Maxiell still has value, because he could appeal to many different teams.
He has a $5 million expiring contract that could help any team looking to clear cap space. However, the Pistons are also looking to preserve cap space, so they’d probably want a pretty good player if they’re accepting a multi-year contract for Maxiell.
He also can defend the interior decently well. For a cheap half-season rental, a playoff team seeking frontcourt depth could do worse.
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