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Jason Maxiell could be facing minimum contract this offseason

Zach Lowe of Grantland:

The Demise of Jason Maxiell

There was a time not long ago when Maxiell was a useful player — an average midrange shooter who worked on defense, both in the post and against the pick-and-roll. That Maxiell is basically gone, and his minutes are dwindling, even with Drummond out. He’s shooting a subpar 34 percent on long 2-point jumpers he’s jacking more often than ever, and his defense has slipped. It will be interesting to see if Maxiell can land more than the minimum in free agency this summer.

Jason Maxiell began the season on a tear, but he has fallen off since, which shouldn’t come as a surprise. Trying to playing effectively every night is exhausting physically and mentally, and Maxiell hadn’t really done that in five years. It’s not as easy as flipping a switch.

Since posting a game score of at least 10 in five of his first 11 games this season, Maxiell’s consistency has fallen to post-2007-08 levels:

Does that leave him worth more than a minimum contract? I think so, but not by much. At 30, Maxiell can no longer be counted on to deliver often enough.


  • Mar 6, 20136:14 pm
    by frankie d


    another example of dumars not understanding his team, the players and how to maximize their value.
    anyone who has watched max play during his nba career knew that he was not going to sustain the excellent play he’s shown at the year’s beginning.   that is, if he was going to be playing 25-30 minutes as a starter every night.  he’s never done that in his career.
    he’s been a solid bench guy who could come in and have a real impact, depending on the type of game and the matchups.
    once he saw what he had in drummond, he should have quickly transitioned to bringing max off the bench, keeping his minutes around 20 per night, and he should have traded him the first chance he received a solid offer for say…a late first or a young player or something of value.
    hard to believe that some team would not have wanted max for their title run, the way he was playing at the beginning of the year.
    instead, dumars held on to max, played him way too much, and now, he’ll probably end up letting him go or signing him to a new 2-3 year contract.  
    definitely not the way for a supposedly rebuilding team to handle a veteran asset who is standing in the way of younger guys getting PT.
    but then, it is an old story in detroit. 

  • Mar 6, 20136:17 pm
    by Mr.BlockedShot


    I hope the Pistons let Maxiell go. This season he has been awful for the most part, probably his worst ever, and his weaknesses have been exposed needlessly (in a logical world Drummond would have been taking his spot in the lineup for the last months) I could only see him on the team for another season as a 10th or 11th man, with 5-10 minutes a game at maximum. Please Joe D, go and get a real PF!

  • Mar 6, 20137:22 pm
    by Blocks by Dre


    We have no room for Max unless we dump Charlie V and that’s not likely to happen. With that said, it’s been real Maxiel…

  • Mar 7, 20137:19 pm
    by stanley


    Now what about the “great Stuckey” ??  hasn’t he outlived his stay…the old staying..zebras don’t change and he sure hasn’t in the years

  • Mar 8, 20139:24 am
    by MIKEYDE248


    Over the first half of the season, I was saying that I wouldn’t mind bringing Max back next year for quite a bit less money, but only if they used him just off the bench.  With his game falling apart more and more as the season goes on, I wouldn’t want him back even at the league minimun. 

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