It appears as if Jason Maxiell’s tenture with the Orlando Magic will not last very long. Just a year after the former Detroit Pistons talent signed with the Magic, it’s being reported that the franchise is looking to trade the power forward/center.
Maxiell only played in 34 games for the Orlando Magic last season and when he was on the floor, he wasn’t exactly productive. Given that, the Magic may struggle to find a team willing to trade for the ‘big man’ despite the fact that his contract is not fully guaranteed if he’s waived by July 10th.
Given that, if the Magic aren’t able to find a willing trade partner, they’re expected to release the 30-year-old in the coming days.
Maxiell wasn’t likely to be part of the Orlando Magic’s future regardless, however after the team draft Aaron Gordon with the No. 4 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, there simply isn’t room for the veteran any longer.
Considering Maxiell could provide the Magic will free cap space, it seems as if they’re attempting to put him on the block out of due diligence with the hopes a team will be willing to provide something of value in exchange for his expiring contract. If not, they can simply let him go by the 10th and avoid paying him his fully guaranteed $2.5 million dollars.
A former first-round pick, Maxiell hasn’t ever been much more than a role player, even during the height of his career. But he looks to be nothing more than an end of bench talent at this stage.
Earlier today, it was also hinted that point guard Jameer Nelson could also be traded.