Detroit Pistons President of Basketball Operations Joe Dumars announced today that the team exercised its team option on the contract of forward Jason Maxiell. Maxiell’s contract is now extended through the 2008-09 NBA season.
“We are pleased to have Jason Maxiell signed through the 2008-09 season,” said Dumars. “Jason is a tough, physical player on the front-line who continues to grow and mature within our system. We look forward to the contributions he will bring this season and beyond.”
Maxiell, 24, was drafted by Detroit with the 26th pick in the first round of the 2005 NBA Draft. He has averaged 4.2 points and 2.3 rebounds in 93 games with Detroit (eight as a starter). In a career-high 67 games last season, Maxiell averaged 5.0 points, 2.8 rebounds and 0.90 blocks in 14.1 minutes per game. In eight games as a starter, he averaged 8.8 points (.574 FG), 5.6 rebounds and 2.25 blocks in 26.3 minutes per game. Maxiell scored a career-high 19 points and grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds at Milwaukee (3/25), led the team in rebounds four occasions and tallied two double-doubles on the season.