The team announced Monday before facing the Raptors that the 6-feet-7 power forward will miss the final eight games of the regular season because of a detached retina.
He had successful surgery Sunday, but he will have to be away from basketball-related activities.
The injury isn’t career threatening, but it’s unclear how he suffered the injury.
Frank said several days ago Maxiell, 30, complained “the top part of his eye was a little bit blurry.”
So the training staff applied eye drops for temporary relief, but it was short-lived. He was sent to a specialist and the problem was discovered Saturday.
This is a tough blow for Jason Maxiell, a free agent after the season whose Pistons career might be over. The Pistons have already signaled they’re moving on by inserting Andre Drummond into the starting lineup, and if Maxiell returns, it will certainly be in a reduced role.
More pressing to Maxiell at the moment must be what his options will be this summer. After a relatively promising start to the season, his production had fallen off, and now prospective teams must worry about a serious injury.
Maxiell became a target of scorn by the many fans who wanted Drummond to start sooner, and that was unfair to Maxiell. He did his best to fill his role. It wasn’t his fault he played in front of Drummond. The blame belongs to Lawrence Frank, and I hope we view Maxiell positively for his professionalism and baby eating.