In the least surprising news you'll hear today, Jason Maxiell will pick up his $5 million option on the final year of his contract with the Detroit Pistons.
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.