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Drew Gooden - PF/C, 6'10, 250
Retired - Retired after 2016 season
       Date of birth: 09/24/1981
       Country: USA
     Drafted (NBA): 4th pick, 2002
     Out of: Kansas
  NBA Experience: 14 years
  Hand: Right

From blog:

   The amount of cap room teams will actually have, updated, again

Two years after last having cap space - and buggering it up - the Clippers are back in the mix. Their upcoming free agents are to be Steve Blake, Rasual Butler, Travis Outlaw, Mardy Collins, Drew Gooden, Craig Smith, Steve Novak, Bobby Brown and Brian Skinner - some nice role players in there, but no one worth jeopardising possible cap room for. (Furthermore, Gooden has already agreed to sign with Milwaukee, and Blake has agreed to sign with the L.A. Lakers.)

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   NBA Free Agency Movement, Part 1

- Milwaukee also made two moves today. Needing a power forward, the Bucks agreed to sign Dre

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   Current Trade Kickers

[...] You only get one trade kicker per contract; that is to say, if you sign a contract with a trade kicker in it, the trade kicker is only applied to the first trade that contract is in and not to any subsequent contracts. (The exception is with sign and trades, where the first trade - the sign and trade - is ignored, and the trade kicker is applied to the next subsequent trade. This is why Peja is listed above.)

Because of that, there are a good many players whose current contracts featured trade kickers that have already been invoked. Here they are now, along with the value of their kicker. Note: only currently-being-paid contracts are listed, and the player doesn't necessarily have to be on an NBA roster any more.

- Tony Battie (10%)
- Mark Blount (15%)
- Bruce Bowen (lesser of 15% or $300,000)
- Devin Brown (10%)
- Greg Buckner (5%)
- Kevin Garnett (15%)
- Drew Gooden (5%)
- Eddie House (7.5%)
- Steven Hunter (7.5%)
- Zydrunas Ilgauskas (15%)
- Mike James (5%)
- Jared Jeffries (15%)
- Amir Johnson (15%)
- Mikki Moore (12.5%)
- Shaquille O'Neal (15%)
- Quentin Richardson (7.5%)
- John Salmons (15%)
- Bobby Simmons (10%)
- Etan Thomas (15%)
- Damien Wilkins (10%, only up to $1.2 mil)

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   Where Are They Now, 2010; Part 70

[...] While we're at it, a bonus Drew Gooden fact that I found out while Googling Dajuan Wagner information: Drew Gooden has a Finnish mother, and thus is eligible to play for the Finnish national team. In fact, he enquired about the possibility of doing so a few years ago, but eventually declined because he didn't want to jeopardise any chance of joining Team USA in the future.

Gooden played for the US Under-21 national team back in the day, but I don't think this is sufficient enough to prevent him from playing for Finland. Therefore, I am officially on the "Drew Gooden for Team Finland" bandwagon. With former Hawks forward Hanno Mottola coming out of retirement this season, Finland could put together a semi-decent lineup. Teemu Rannikko, Petteri Koponen, Shaun Huff, Hanno Mottola, Drew Gooden.....you know, I've seen worse international lineups out there. They could beat Wales.

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   The Finances Of The Trade Deadline Deals

[...] Drew Gooden and Larry Hughes also managed to achieve the dubious honour of being traded at three consecutive trade deadlines, with Gooden compounding his misery by compiling four trades in that time. It also seems reasonably inevitable that Gooden will be bought out by his new team (the L.A. Clippers), making him possibly the first player ever to be salary dumped at the deadline, only to be bought out and sign with a contender, in consecutive seasons. Congratulations, I think.


Gooden is now onto his 9th team in 8 years, having played for 7 (soon to be 8). He is putting on a solid run for the Most NBA Teams Played For record, currently joined owned at 12 by Tony Massenburg, Chucky Brown and Jim Jackson. If only he'd played a minute for the Wizards.

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   Chicago's Meticulously Crafted 2011 Offseason Plan That Relies An Awful Lot Upon Guesswork

[T]he amnesty clause (that we're having to pretend will exist here, but which almost certainly will exist in some form) will further expand the range of available talents. A lot of decent players are going to become available, not because they can't play the game, but because they can't justify their contract. A lot of the candidates are obvious and inevitable, some perhaps less so. Here's a potential list:

- Milwaukee: John Salmons, Corey Maggette and Drew Gooden - Pretty much every dollar Milwaukee gave out last summer is one they would like back. Salmons put up his worst season since his Philadelphia days, while Maggette proved to yet another team who hoped to convert his numbers into production that it wasn't possible. Meanwhile, Drew Gooden barely played, and shot every time down when he did, hitting only 43% of said chucks.

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   Where Are They Now, 2010; Part 8

Drew Gooden was neither waived nor traded this week. Therefore, for all that fuss about his 'novel' contract, nothing actually happened with it. Now, he's just a plain old expiring.

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   These unsigned big men are ready to help (or hurt) your team

Drew Gooden - Amnestied by the Bucks after a year on the inactive list, Gooden is being paid to sit at home, but presumably would rather not be. For all his faults, he is perhaps the most talented player on this list, and is worthy of a contract somewhere.

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