HoopsHype Jason Maxiell rumors

January 14, 2013 Updates

Utah's extra feisty and physical defense was a popular topic in the Pistons locker room, according to the Detroit News. Beat writer Vincent Goodwill described the Jazz as using "physical play (that) bordered on early-90's assault as they mucked up the game, preventing the Pistons from doing virtually anything on the offensive end." Forward Jason Maxiell: "They took advantage and hit us and we didn't fight back, got us into a hole." Guard Brandon Knight: "They punched us in the face and there was nothing we could do about it. "Instead of fighting back, we just kind of laid down a little bit." Deseret News

September 6, 2012 Updates

It’s not just the 48 minutes of game time that can be overwhelming to young players – and Drummond isn’t just a rookie, he’s a rookie who just turned 19 less than a month ago – it’s the entirety of the NBA experience, complete with an 82-game schedule and an arduous travel itinerary. “He has no idea,” Maxiell said. “Not at all. He’s going to start to find out in training camp. I tried to take it to him in Summer League practices. He asked questions and wanted to figure out things. It’s going to be fast. There are things he has to get used to. He’ll start to get there in training camp.” NBA.com

July 2, 2012 Updates
June 28, 2012 Updates

Maxiell gave some thought to testing the free agent market, especially with the Pistons looking to add another young player to play next to Monroe, which could take away the forward's playing time in the 2012-13 season. Forgoing the $5 million in the effort to pursue a long-term deal wasn't worth the risk, though and he'll return for his eighth season in Detroit. Detroit News

June 27, 2012 Updates
June 15, 2012 Updates

As the Pistons continue to evaluate first-round talent for the June 28 draft, forward Jason Maxiell still hasn't decided whether to pick up his option for next season. Maxiell, 29, is due to make $5 million next season and is coming off one of his best seasons in years — as he stayed in shape and received consistent minutes next to Greg Monroe. He averaged 7.6 points and 5.5 rebounds after the All-Star break, at which point he became a permanent fixture in the starting lineup. Detroit News

His agent, Andy Miller, said he's still evaluating what kind of market there will be for Maxiell if he were to hit free-agency. The deadline for Maxiell to decide is June 30, the eve of free agency. Right now, Maxiell is in his hometown of Dallas with his wife and infant son. "I think we've made progress and we'll continue to do research," said Miller, who became Maxiell's agent during the season. "And we'll make sure to keep Jason up to speed about where we are. There are other markers." Detroit News

May 9, 2012 Updates

Pistons president of basketball operations Joe Dumars would like to have power forward Jason Maxiell return next season. But as he put it at his season-ending media availability last month, the decision is up to Maxiell, who has until June 30 to let the team know whether he will pick up his option of $5 million. Detroit Free Press

April 27, 2012 Updates

David Mayo: On Maxiell, who has $5M player option: "We'd love to have him back." On Macklin, scheduled to play in Summer League. He's UFA. #Pistons Twitter

April 19, 2012 Updates
February 8, 2012 Updates

Postgame meals in the Pistons' locker room when the team is on road are a personal trainer's nightmare. Fried chicken strips, pizzas and french fries are just a few of the calorie-filled snacks players gorge on well past recommended dining hours. Jason Maxiell tries to eat healthy, and he credits his fitness coming into training camp as the reason Pistons coach Lawrence Frank routinely calls him "one our most consistent players all season." "That's a setup, right there -- can't do that," Maxiell said Tuesday of the late-night smorgasbord. "At times when you really want to splurge for yourself on a nice little meal, you got to watch your intake." Detroit Free Press

But Maxiell, who is listed at 260 pounds, entered training camp 20 pounds lighter than in previous years, and Frank has noticed Maxiell's improvement through the season. "It just talks about his commitment," Frank said. "Max has made as much progress as any player from the start of training camp until now. It's the work he's put in, not just in the off-season, but from the time training camp started." Maxiell, who averages 5.3 points and 4.4 rebounds in 19.9 minutes per game, provides interior scoring and offensive rebounding alongside standout center Greg Monroe. "The minutes are the minutes," Maxiell said. "No matter when they come -- starting or off the bench -- I have to provide energy, and that's what I'm trying to do." Detroit Free Press

June 27, 2010 Updates

The Pistons are looking to move Jason Maxiell and Chris Wilcox, who will combine to make $8 million next season. Maxiell is undersized but a fierce rebounder while Wilcox has the skills to be a productive player but lacks consistent desire Boston Globe

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