The Pistons wasted no time in finalizing one of their training camp to-dos Monday. Just after noon, the team announced it was picking up power forward Jason Maxiell’s option for the 2008-09 season, the last year of his rookie contract.
"Jason is a tough, physical player on the front-line who continues to grow and mature within our system," team president Joe Dumars said in a statement. "We look forward to the contributions he will bring this season and beyond."
Maxiell will make just over $1.8 million in 2008-09 before becoming a restricted free agent. It's funny how things work out: Maxiell was a first-rounder in 2005 while Amir Johnson was a second-rounder. Maxiell also cracked the rotation last year while Johnson toiled lit up the D-League ... yet Johnson is the one with a new contract that pays him more than double what Maxiell will earn over the next two years. Sometimes being a first-round pick isn't all it's cracked up to be.