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Monday, March 2, 2009

Sacramento waives ex-Jayhawk Gooden

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— The Sacramento Kings waived Drew Gooden on Sunday night, freeing the recently acquired forward to join a contending team for the playoff run.

Sacramento agreed to an undisclosed buyout of Gooden’s $7.1 million salary in the final season of his contract Sunday night, doing it just before the NBA’s deadline to make sure Gooden would be eligible for a postseason roster.

The Kings made the move to save even more money, allowing the best player they acquired during a flurry of trade-deadline deals to walk away from the last-place club. Sacramento acquired Gooden in a six-player trade with the Chicago Bulls 11 days ago, giving up Brad Miller and John Salmons for three players with expiring contracts and forward Andres Nocioni.

Gooden played his only game with the Kings last Wednesday, getting 12 points and 13 rebounds against Charlotte before leaving the court in pain in the fourth quarter. Gooden has been slowed by a groin injury for six weeks, and hadn’t played for Chicago since Jan. 19.

The Cleveland Cavaliers, Gooden’s former team, could be among the suitors for the Northern California native and former Kansas University forward.

Comments

Ryan Gerstner 10 years, 10 months ago

The old expiring contract deal.....hopefully one of these broke teams moves to KC.

Jaminrawk 10 years, 10 months ago

Wow, the Kings certainly are doing nothing to build goodwill in Sacramento. They've basically purged any and all talent they've had this year. Gooden is no stud, but he is a solid 10 and 10 guy given the minutes. He'd be smart to beg the Spurs to take him on.

jman18562 10 years, 10 months ago

Ben Wallace+Broken Leg=Gooden back in Cleveland.

JJHawq 10 years, 10 months ago

this will be the trend in NBA for some time to come - who cares about trying to win if you're bleeding money.

check out Bill Simmons's article on espn.com "No Benjamen's Association".

Tim Orel 10 years, 10 months ago

JJHawq, - that was a very good article. I hope people like Sherron and Cole read that and ponder the impact on them if they come out this year. I think chances for good money are going to be better if they stay the extra year, as I think contracts this next year are going to be tight.

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