WDFN is reporting that the Pistons have picked up the options of Jason Maxiell and Carlos Delfino. What this means... Maxiell was drafted under the current Collective Bargaining Agreement. First Round Rookie contracts are structured under a 2 + 1 + 1 format. The first two years are guaranteed with years 3 and 4 team options that must be taken prior to the start of the season prior. So before Season 2, the Year 3 option may be taken. Before Season 3, the Year 4 options may be taken. The Pistons had until Oct 31st to get this done. By doing it now, a necessary piece of housekeeping business has been taken care of. If a team does not take the option, the player's contract ends during the next offseason and the player is an UNRESTRICTED free agent. If the team takes the Year 3 and 4 options, the player will become a RESTRICTED free agent before Year 5. Restricted Free Agency allows the team who last contracted the player to tender a qualifying offer (for all intents and purposes, a point to start negotiations). Once the player has been offered a qualifying deal (one year in length), the team can match any offers given to that player in free agency and thus retain his services. Carlos Delfino was signed and drafted under the previous Collective Bargaining Agreement, which worked with a 3 + 1 structure for guaranteed and option years. Picking up Delfino's option today means that the Pistons will retain his NBA services for at least this season and the next, assuming he is not waived or traded. This is good news.