In an expected move that makes the Orlando Magic even younger, the team waived 31-year-old power forward Jason Maxiell on Friday.
Maxiell's salary of $2.5 million for the 2014-15 season was fully unguaranteed if the team (or a team that had acquired him via trade) had waived him on or before July 10. By waiving him now, Maxiell's salary is erased from the Magic's cap figure for the upcoming season.
Maxiell started Orlando's first 10 games last season, but his playing time diminished once Glen Davis returned from an injury. Maxiell's playing time diminished even more after mid-January, when the team decided to allocate the vast majority of the minutes at power forward to Kyle O'Quinn and other young players.
From Jan. 15 through the final game of the 2013-14 season, Maxiell appeared in just five of the Magic's 44 games.
The Magic now have 11 players under contract, and that number will increase to 13 once the team signs second-round pick Devyn Marble within the next couple of days and free-agent shooting guard Ben Gordon once the league moratorium ends on July 10.
Including Marble and Gordon, the average age of Orlando's current roster is now 23.8 years old, which makes the Magic one of NBA's youngest teams.
Look for the Magic to sign an older player to give a bit more balance to the roster.
Also, it's possible the team will attempt to add another power forward.