Having 13 years of NBA experience under his belt, Corey Maggette's role on a young Detroit Pistons team is more of a nurturer than anything, and with his contract coming to an end after this season, retirement might be a possibility.
The swingman told HoopsWorld.com that he'll see where he stands from a physical standpoint after this year to decide whether or not he'll call it quits.
The Pistons have a young core of Greg Monroe, Brandon Knight and rookie Andre Drummond, and Maggette told the website he looks forward to helping them grow. Still, Maggette believes he can be a solid contributor on the court.
"I'm just trying to stay healthy and keep my body in shape," Magette said. "That's the biggest thing as you get older. I had surgery on my knee this offseason, so I'm making sure that's alright. I'm taking it slow, but it's pretty much healed. You just have to be a little bit more cautious as you get older.
"For me, it's more about longevity and being able to watch these young guys grow as I continue my career."
Maggette is entering his first year with the Pistons. He was traded from the Charlotte Bobcats for combo guard Ben Gordon to help with Detroit's cap flexibility heading into next offseason.
The 6-foot-6 wing has career averages of 16.2 points and 4.9 rebounds per game, and spent his best seasons as a 20-point per night scorer with the Los Angeles Clippers.
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