F Maxiell retires as member of Pistons

Aug 4, 2017 - 7:59 PM The Detroit Pistons signed Jason Maxiell to a contract Friday, allowing the team's former forward to retire as a member of the organization.

"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 in a statement. "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 Cincinnati, the 6-foot-7, 260-pound Maxiell spent eight seasons with the Pistons, averaging 6.1 points, 4.4 rebounds and 19.1 minutes in 523 games. The Chicago 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, 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," the 34-year-old Maxiell said. "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."

Maxiell was known for his defense, finishing his Pistons career with 426 blocks -- ninth all-time in franchise history. His best season was in 2007-08 when he averaged a career-high 7.9 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.1 blocks and 21.6 minutes in 82 games, helping the club earn its sixth consecutive Eastern Conference finals appearance.

After his stint with Detroit, Maxiell spent time with the Orlando Magic (2013-14) and Charlotte Hornets (2014-15) before signing overseas. In his 10-year NBA career, he averaged 5.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and 18.4 minutes in 618 games.

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