Corey Maggette: No buyout for me

WASHINGTON – When I asked Corey Maggette about the possibility of accepting a buyout, the future general manager feigned ignorance.

“Buyout?” Maggette said. “For what?”

I explained that, perhaps, he’d want to join a playoff team.

“No, not this year,” Maggette said. “I love my teammates. We’ve got a lot of young guys and a great opportunity for me to help this year. I’ll have an opportunity to see what happens next season. We’ve got two months left. Like I said, we’ve got some things we can improve on, and I help with. So, I never thought about it.”

If Maggette wanted a buyout, I wouldn’t blame him. He hasn’t played in the last 34 games, as the Pistons have clearly shown a willingness to roll with their younger players.

If he accepted a buyout for his salary minus the league minimum and signed with a winning team, he wouldn’t lose any money, and he’d have a chance at a championship. The Pistons could use his roster spot to an audition a D-Leaguer(s) the rest of the season. It would be a win-win.

But if Maggette wants to stay with the Pistons – whether or not it’s because he has not options to sign elsewhere – that’s his prerogative and good for him for choosing to make the best of these next two months.

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