The Orlando Magic has agreed to terms with free agent PF/C, Jason Maxiell, who is expected to serve as a backup at the two positions. Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel, is reporting that the deal is for two seasons worth $5 million. Although it is a two year deal, the second year is said to be non-guaranteed until next July, maintaining the Magic’s flexibility with the salary cap.
Maxiell, 30, has always been a high-energy player and good rebounder even though he is undersized at 6-foot-7. The signing also gives the Magic more depth as they await the latest Glen Davis surgery to heal.
There are a few potential repercussions to this signing. Adding another power forward could put Romero Osby‘s roster spot in doubt, although he should be a good bet to make the team. Additionally, could this also mean the Magic might start openly shopping Glen Davis?
Davis, should he prove he’s healthy, could garner interest in the midseason trade market to a contending team. He’s had plenty of postseason experience and has been a part of a championship winning team with the Boston Celtics. Davis’ leadership on the court was invaluable last season for a young team, but if the Magic decide he’s not the long-term answer at the position, they may decide to sell high on him should the opportunity arise.
Maxiell has been a member of the Detroit Pistons throughout his entire career. He is coming off a season where he averaged 6.9 points and 5.7 rebounds in just under 25 minutes a game.