Corey Maggette’s future with the Detroit Pistons is very clear: he doesn’t have one.
The fact that Maggette only played 18 games this past season was a combination of health issues and lack of interest from his new team. He came to the Pistons in a trade from the Charlotte Bobcats for Ben Gordon and most observers initially thought the Pistons might have gotten the better part of the deal.
As it turned out, the Bobcats got the steal even though Gordon had a sub-par NBA year for Charlotte. Maggette never got a chance to show what he could do for the Pistons.
He’s 33 and Maggette, the oldest player on a team focusing on the youth movement, didn’t quite fit in to that format. He saw action in 18 games for 14.3 minutes per game. He averaged 5.3 points and 1.4 rebounds per game and shot 35.5 percent from the floor.
This is a far cry from the career marks Maggette boasted of with 16.0 points, 4.9 rebounds and 28.2 minutes per game. The Pistons had hoped he could give them key contributions at the forward spot and set the way for Andre Drummond.
That never happened. There were many times the Pistons could have used a healthy Maggette in the lineup.
Now that Drummond has established himself as a starter, the Pistons have no need for Maggette. If they lose various players and figure that need Maggette for insurance purposes, then he might stay. That’s unlikely to be the case. But Maggette can still find work with some other team. But it won’t be with the Pistons.