The Orlando Magic are expected to waive veteran forward Jason Maxiell if unable to trade him, according to Yahoo! Sports’ Marc Spears. The news comes just after the team decided to part ways with Jameer Nelson, Doron Lamb and E’Twuan Moore.
Maxiell was signed to a two year deal before the start of last season and his $2.5 million contract becomes fully guaranteed if he remains on the roster past July 10th.
If Orlando cannot bring in an asset on the trade market, it makes sense to continue to clear cap space, something the team began doing when it traded Arron Afflalo on draft day. While it is unlikely GM Rob Hennigan finds a suitor for the big man out of Cincinnati, it’s possible a team may be willing to make a deal and waive Maxiell immediately in an attempt to clear cap space in pursuit of a big name free agent.
Maxiell averaged 3.2 points and 2.5 rebounds per game in 34 games last season. While he was in large part ineffective on the court, the 31-year-old big man was brought to Orlando to provide a veteran presence, and function as a role model for some of the younger bigs on the roster. He may very well have served that purpose, playing a role in the development of guys like Kyle O’Quinn and Nikola Vucevic. The former showed a great improvement in his sophomore season, eventually finding a spot in the starting lineup, and the latter has credited Maxiell as a worthy mentor as the two regularly faced off in practice.