It was long assumed that he would do so, but Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press had it confirmed by someone who would know on Wednesday:
Pistons president of basketball operations Joe Dumars confirmed in an e-mail tonight that power forward Jason Maxiell will pick up his player option for $5 million next season.
Dumars inked Maxiell to the deal after the power forward averaged 7.9 points and 5.3 rebounds in 21 minutes per game in 2007-2008. Unfortunately for the Pistons, those numbers have not improved since then. Ellis is right to point out that his move to the starting lineup played a role in Detroit's 21-21 finish this past season, however.