Corey Maggette wants to play next season, maybe with Pistons

Corey Maggette has already discussed transitioning into his post-playing career, but hold your horses. Vince Ellis of the Detroit Pistons:

Maggette said he definitely wants to play next season.

"Right now I’ve had a full year recovering and working with (strength and conditioning coach Arnie Kander)," he told the Free Press on Friday. "We’ll see what happens."

I believe contenders looking for a backup wing could do better, but what about a rebuilding team looking for a veteran leader?

"Another option still is for me to be a veteran for these guys and come back here another year," he said. "That’s another possibility because we have a lot of young talent here and still need a veteran to talk to, and I know I’ve gained the respect of those guys and I’ll be able to do that.

If the Pistons bring back Maggette – and I’d call the odds 10 percent right now, up from zero before reading that quote – I can’t even imagine him getting more than a minimum contract. The Pistons need to add productive players or players with potential, and Maggette is neither of those. Maybe there’s value in his leadership, and the Pistons are better determined to evaluate that after seeing him for a full season, but I’d lean toward letting him walk and giving Greg Monroe and Brandon Knight room to step up as leaders.

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