Corey Maggette peaching younger Pistons humility following demotion
However, the Detroit Pistons’ decision to mix up the rotation doesn’t solely come down to Corey Maggette’s performance. In fact, the Detroit Pistons intend to determine with the rotation move whether Austin Daye who’s on an expiring rookie contract holds serves enough value to retain a roster spot or the will likely end-up as the team’s potential trade asset.
In relevance with those targets, Austin Daye played extended minutes at backup small forward during the Dtroit Pistons’ loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday. Austin Daye is again expected to take on the same role during tonight’s game against the Toronto Raptors.
But that leaves 14-year NBA veteran Corey Maggette cold on the bench, with an expiring contract of his own.
“In every aspect, you've just got to try to be a professional in every way," said Corey Maggette. “Do I agree with it? No, as a competitor you can't agree with it. But as a professional, I accept what he (Frank) told me, and that's how you have to approach it.”
“At the end of the day… I know what I can do. I know my ability. I haven't really gotten the opportunity this entire year to do that,” continued Corey Maggette. “But also, this is where they might be moving in a direction where they want to develop the younger guys.”
Corey Maggette has undisputedly played a limited role this season after missing the initial eight games due to a calf strain. So far, Corey Maggette has exceeded the 20-miunte mark in two of his performances this season. And in three of his 18 games this season, Corey Maggette was limited to less than 10 minutes per game.
However, Corey Maggette’s expiring contract has played a key role in the Detroit Pistons’ preference over retaining him rather than opting for a trade. The financial flexibility that comes with the expiration of Corey Maggette’s contract will free salary-cap space, allowing the Detroit Pistons more freedom in their free agency affairs.
Corey Maggette acknowledged that there hasn’t been any dialogue regarding contract, since the Detroit Pistons still hold the trade card with the 21st February deadline two months away.
"That's management's control. I have no control over that," stated Corey Maggette. "But you see me and I'm the same way every day. My attitude won't change. And that's the way you have to be in any situation. You have to stay professional."
Meanwhile, Corey Maggette sees an opportunity of teaching the younger Detroit Pistons players humility after his demotion, but still maintain a “positive attitude” about future opportunities.
“This is only the short part of this… At this time in my career, I'm getting the short end of the stick,” said Corey Maggette. “(But) I always think long term. That's why I can be at peace with any decision they make, because I know that, in some capacity, there's always the next opportunity.”