Hornets signing Jason Maxiell to unguaranteed contract


Steve Clifford wanted another big man. He got another big man.

With Noah Vonleh injured, the Hornets had just Al Jefferson, Marvin Williams (a stretch in Charlotte), Cody Zeller and Bismack Biyombo between power forward and center.

The Hornets added Dallas Lauderdale and Brian Qvale, two players without NBA experience. I’m not convinced is either of those two are ready to pay if Charlotte needs someone in a pinch early in the season.

So, the Hornets have added a veteran big – Jason Maxiell.

Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer

The Hornets can still add sign big man to compete for their final regular-season roster spot, but Maxiell appears to be the favorite until they do.

At 31, his best days are behind him. He played just 34 games for the lowly Magic last year after spending his first eight seasons with the Pistons.

He carries himself well and is unlikely to make problems in the locker room. If he’s in shape, he can still good to set a couple screens, block a few shots and maybe even dunk. His rebounding has dipped, a troubling sign of aging, but he has a decent mid-range jumper that should hold up.

For now, he’s a decent-enough stop gap.