It is OK still to be a bit confused with the Jason Maxiell signing.
Glen Davis, Tobias Harris, Andrew Nicholson and Romero Osby (potentially) already on the roster at power forward, signing an undersized center (and a more natural power forward) in Jason Maxiell did not make much sense. Maxiell had cut his teeth in the league as a grinder and defender with the Pistons. He was good for solid defense off the bench, a couple of highlight reel-worthy blocks and a few poster-worthy dunks (mostly against the Magic).
Maxiell has career averages of 6.1 points and 4.4 rebounds per game, certainly not enough to make a major dent in the Magic's 20-win performance. Like the Ronnie Price signing -- or even drafting Victor Oladipo -- the Magic were not about to shake up the world and become instant contenders.
This slow climb will require more than that. It may require a Jason Maxiell.
The Magic signed Maxiell to a manageable two-year, $5 million contract. The second year is not even fully guaranteed. This is as low risk as it gets.
But Rob Hennigan certainly has another purpose in mind. The Magic will be shopping around their veterans. Tehre is no getting around it. The Magic are putting an emphasis on developing their young players. If they can get out from under Glen Davis' contract (two years, $13 million) that would be great to free up the playing time for Harris and Nicholson. Even Jameer Nelson (two years, up to $16.6 million with only $4 million guaranteed for 2015) could be on the trading block. And then there is Arron Afflalo.
Of course, this is if the Magic intend to continue clearing cap and invest more playing time in the young players. That makes the veterans that will be at the end of the bench all the more important. And that appears to be why the Maxiell signing begins to make some sense.no comments