According to the official website of the Milwaukee Bucks, they have decided to use the amnesty provision on power forward Drew Gooden.
Due to injuries and several “DNP-CD’s”, Gooden appeared in just 16 games for the Bucks last season. He averaged 3.3 points and 1.9 rebounds per game.
Over the course of his 11-year career, Gooden has played for 11 teams – the Memphis Grizzlies, Orlando Magic, Cleveland Cavaliers, Chicago Bulls, Sacramento Kings, San Antonio Spurs, Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Clippers and the Bucks. He has averaged 11.8 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game. He’s shot 46.5% from the field and 75.9% from the free throw line.
Gooden was originally drafted by the Grizzlies with the fourth overall pick out of Kansas in the 2002 draft. After being traded to the Magic, along with swingman Gordan Giricek for Mike Miller during his first season, Gooden became a full time starter and was named to the First-Team All Rookie Team.
Gooden signed a five-year, $32.05 million deal with the Bucks in 2010. Gooden was still owed $13,374,800 over the next two season, which explains why the Bucks decided to move on.
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