Detroit Pistons sign Jason Maxiell to contract, allowing him to retire as a Piston


DETROIT – Former Detroit Pistons forward Jason Maxiell has resigned with the team, but he's not returning to the court.

The Pistons announced the contract, which will allow Maxiell to retire as a Detroit Piston.

“Jason and his representatives reached out to us regarding his desire to sign one last contract with the team in order to retire as a Detroit Piston,” General Manager Jeff Bower said. “Jason made an impact on and off the court with the organization, spending eight seasons in Detroit, many with deep playoff runs. We’re pleased that Jason has chosen to remain connected to our organization and wish him well in the future.”

Drafted 26th overall by Detroit in the 2005 NBA Draft out of the University of Cincinnati, Maxiell spent eight seasons with the Pistons, averaging 6.1 points, 4.4 rebounds, 0.8 blocks and 19.1 minutes in 523 games.  The Chicago, IL native was a part of four playoff runs from 2005-08, including three Eastern Conference Finals appearances. He averaged 4.7 points, 3.3 rebounds, 0.9 blocks and 16.6 minutes in 35 career playoff games.

“The best years of my professional career were spent in Detroit and it’s important to me to retire as a Detroit Piston,” said Maxiell.  “This is a special franchise with great tradition and history.  I want to thank all the fans who supported me during my eight seasons representing Detroit.”

After his eight-year stint with Detroit, Maxiell spent time with Orlando and Charlotte before signing overseas. For his 10-year NBA career, he averaged 5.6 points, 4.2 rebounds, 0.8 blocks and 18.4 minutes in 618 games. 

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