Wednesday, July 17th, 2013 at 9:10 am  |  8 responses

Drew Gooden Waived By the Milwaukee Bucks

Using the amnesty provision, the Milwaukee Bucks said goodbye to big man Drew Gooden. Per the Journal Sentinel: “Gooden became the 20th National Basketball Association player subject to amnesty since the provision was adopted in the collective bargaining agreement signed in 2011. The 31-year-old Gooden still will be paid the $13-plus million remaining on the five-year, $32 million deal he signed in the summer of 2010. But under the amnesty procedure the Bucks will be able to wipe that $13 million from their salary cap, including $6.7 million for next season. Two years remained on the deal. [...] Even though he was undersized, Gooden battled Dwight Howard and other elite centers and held his own. Gooden averaged 13.7 points, his best number since the 2004-’05 season, and made 46 starts during the lockout-shortened season. But Gooden was lost in the shuffle of Bucks big men last season and rarely got playing time. The emergence of Larry Sanders, Ersan Ilyasova, John Henson and Ekpe Udoh kept Gooden out of the rotation. Gooden was frustrated by his lack of playing time but saluted the Bucks fans for remaining behind him and chanting ‘We want Drew’ at home games. He played in just 16 games and averaged 3.3 points and 1.9 rebounds. Gooden was inactive for 13 games and did not play due to coach’s decision 53 times. It was clear Gooden did not fit in the Bucks’ ongoing youth movement including Henson and Sanders. And the Bucks recently agreed to a three-year, $15 million deal with Zaza Pachulia to serve as the backup center. The well-traveled Gooden was the fourth overall pick in the 2002 draft, selected by Memphis.”

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  • spit hot fiyah

    i never understood that contract when it was first signed. cap space is not always a good thing. anyways, finland in the house!

  • ablade

    There’s gotta be something BIG going off there! There is a minimum salary (as well as a maximum), this year it’s $52.811 million, the Bucks were paying out a tad over $30 million, they’ve now dropped down to 8 players and just over $23 million salary for the 2013/14 season.

    In other words, between now and the start of the season they have to fill a $30 million gap! They must have a deal in the pipeline to (presumably) take on $35 million of player contracts (to take them to the soft cap level), otherwise this amnesty makes no sense what-so-ever. Why continue to pay the player to play for a competitor when you are below the minimum salary level?

    They have something big in the bag!

  • LLC#12

    I often forget just how bad that 2007 Cavs roster LeBron dragged to the finals was.

  • Dev


  • LLC#12

    That pictures not a Sunderland shirt, is it? And you make a good point, wonder how they’re going to fill that void.

  • ablade

    Sheffield United (similar colours, red and white stripes).

    I’m thinking a big trade, Celtics looking to offload players (Humprhies, Wallace), maybe add in Rondo, comes to a bit over $34,000,000.

    Celtics getting lots of picks, some youth + a sign a trade player maybe? (It depends how bad they want to be, I’m guessing they want to be really bad and not mediocre, at the moment they have a mediocre squad, not a bad one!)

    Drummond to Celtics has been rumoured, 3 team trade? Drummond just tweeted “Please Don’t Rock My Boat” – Cryptic? Going to Boston Or maybe nothing!

    All speculation, but exciting. I love big trades :)

  • LLC#12

    Ahh I was squinting trying to see what it was! I was a Leeds fan for years, but I’m sure we can still get along!
    Hmm, I think Rondo is pretty safe from being traded, I could see the Celtics trying to shift Wallace and Humpries though. I think the Celtics are in tank mode though, however much Danny Ainge denies it.
    Yeah I love the big trades too, and I’m sure there’s plenty more moves to be made this summer!

  • patrick

    overpaid imo