Maxiell out for season after eye surgery

Detroit Pistons forward Jason Maxiell will miss the rest of the

season after surgery to repair a detached retina.

Maxiell began complaining of blurry vision last week and didn’t

travel with the team for Sunday’s loss at Chicago. He stayed home

in Detroit to visit a specialist, who diagnosed the injury.

Detroit’s first-round pick in the 2005 draft, Maxiell has spent

his entire eight-year career with the Pistons and will be a free

agent this summer. He averaged 6.9 points, 5.7 rebounds and a

career-high 1.3 blocks this season.

The Pistons, who have lost three straight and 16 of 18, were

also without guard Will Bynum (strained right hand) for Monday’s

game at Toronto.