Friday, July 31, 2009

Gooden signs contract with Dallas


— The Dallas Mavericks signed Drew Gooden and expect him to back up Dirk Nowitzki at power forward and play alongside him at center.

The deal, agreed to late last week, was announced Thursday.

Gooden, a Kansas University product, is joining his seventh team, having also played for Memphis, Orlando, Cleveland, Chicago, Sacramento and San Antonio. Over his career, he averages 12.0 points and 7.9 rebounds per game.

“We are very pleased to add Drew to our front line for the upcoming season,” team president Donnie Nelson said. “Drew is a veteran player with NBA finals experience that is entering the prime of his career at 27 years old. He will provide valuable minutes at both the center and power forward positions with his tenacity in the paint, rebounding and ability to knock down shots.”

The Mavericks this week also added the versatile Tim Thomas to their frontcourt rotation.

Thomas and Gooden should help make up for the loss of free agent Brandon Bass to the Orlando Magic and the missed chance on center Marcin Gortat, who was signed to an offer sheet that was matched by the Magic.

The Mavericks also traded for Shawn Marion and re-signed Jason Kidd during the offseason.


KGBOSS 10 years, 5 months ago

Anytime u add a Jayhawk....thats a good pick up...

KGphoto 10 years, 5 months ago

Man I wish Denver would've gone after him. He would fit so nicely into our group of quirky, tattooed, misfits. And his rebounding would've pushed them over the top.

Remember how scrawny and wimpy he looked as a freshman. It's a different guy!

10 years, 5 months ago

Sorry KGphoto, we got him down here now! He really has come a long way. Looking forward to watching the Mavs next season - - provided the game times don't interfere with KU's of course :^)

yates33333 10 years, 5 months ago

At last, another Jayhawk on my favorite pro team. Wasn't Manning the last on the Mavericks?

HockHawk 10 years, 5 months ago

I am so glad to see Gooden get away from the spurs..... He will be a much better fit in Dallas! Can't wait to see him in action!

KEITHMILES05 10 years, 5 months ago

Gooden is a multi-millionaire but unable to connect to teams. His personality is such he'll always bounce around the league.

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