It’s official. Jason Maxiell to Orlando.
2nd year for Maxiell is a team option, sources say. Both years at $2.5 million
The Pistons had already more than filled their roster without Jason Maxiell, who’s no longer worth that much money, anyway. The Pistons are trying to get younger and better, and Maxiell will help with neither.
He had a nice run in Detroit – especially before signing his four-year, $20 million extension and letting his conditioning slip – but his biggest impact was probably keeping Andre Drummond on the bench for far too long. That was Lawrence Frank’s fault, not Maxiell’s, but, unfairly, Maxiell took some of the scorn, too.
Maxiell showed up for the boycotted 2011 shootaround in Philadelphia, refusing to join the other veterans in their misguided protest of John Kuester, and I’ll always respect Maxiell for that. Now, Rodney Stuckey replaces Maxiell as the Pistons’ longest-tenured player – not exactly the type of leader you dream of.
Oh, well. Soon enough, Stuckey will be gone too, and a new generation of Pistons will take over. That will be for the better.