The Detroit Free Press reports that Pistons F Corey Maggette will have an MRI on his calf this week due to a strain he suffered against the Heat the other night. Maggette was on crutches after the game but walking on his own power Friday, and the MRI is considered precautionary.
The Pistons either desperately need Maggette or have zero use for him, depending on where you think they’re at. If the goal is to make the playoffs to show legitimate progress in the rebuilding project, he’s going to help. Veterans, even inefficient ones, help just by knowing how to operate in the flow of the offense. But long-term, the Pistons need a player they can put at the small forward spot long-term. That’s neither 32-year-old Maggette or 32-year-old Tayshaun Prince. But the Pistons aren’t there yet, and Austin Daye certainly isn’t that guy. It’ll be a bigger concern in the offseason, but for now, the older duo will do fine.
The MRI shouldn’t reveal anything big, but we’ll keep an eye out on it for you anyway.
HT: Detroit Bad Boys