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Report: Bucks still shopping Drew Gooden. Good luck.

Nov 26, 2012, 11:43 AM EDT

Paul George, Drew Gooden AP

Drew Gooden has not yet set foot on the court for the Milwaukee Bucks this season, getting a DNP-CD in every game. He’s demoted. Benched.

And so the Bucks are trying to trade him. Good luck. But that’s the buzz, reports Gery Woelfel at the Journal Times.

The Bucks don’t comment on trade speculation but the scuttlebutt around the league is the team is trying to move the 31-year-old Gooden, who is being paid $6.68 million for this season and the next two seasons as well.

This shopping has been going on for a while with no success. No way the Bucks will get a taker unless they are willing to take a worse contract back. And there are not many worse. Gooden signed a full five-year mid-level exception deal back in July 2010 — he is owed $6.7 million a year the two seasons after this one. Trade for Gooden right now and when you count in the rest of the money he is owed this season you are just shy of $20 million guaranteed. For a guy his current coach won’t put on the court.

Granted, Gooden started 46 games for the Bucks last season and had a PER of 18.8 (well above the league average), but the fact he can’t get off the bench on a struggling team tells potential trade partners all they want to know. (Credit Gooden for being professional through this and not lashing out.)

So, good luck Bucks. Go ahead keep shopping him if you want.

  1. lakerryan - Nov 26, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    The bucks aren’t a “struggling team” this season. They’ve been playing well.

    • nycalldayz - Nov 26, 2012 at 12:50 PM

      If they’re not the Miami Heat, then they’re a struggling team. At least that’s how Kurt Helin sees things.

      • shaggytoodle - Nov 26, 2012 at 2:41 PM

        I agree with you, its annoying to see articles about Lakers, Knicks, Heat… that have little to do with the court. In the recent past I have seen articles about Lebron not high fiving a fan. Also one that pertains to players and there hip-hop equivelent.

        Nothing much on surprising teams or players such as the Bucks, which is why I don’t visit this site more frequently.

        If I wanted to see that hip hop stuff I would go to the B/R

  2. magicbucs - Nov 26, 2012 at 12:52 PM

    They lost a few in a row but are a much better team than last season. So far anyway. Drew is actually a solid player. I’m sure the spurs will trade for him to get a solid big man for the playoffs.

  3. lakerryan - Nov 26, 2012 at 2:58 PM

    I feel bad for Kurt. If he doesn’t write about the heat lakers nets Knicks etc. then none of the people who don’t know basketball wont read and it’s all about getting eyeballs to the site. But some of us who love the game and will actually watch the hornets and bobcats play would like to see some articles about teams that don’t get national attention

  4. sportsnut101 - Nov 26, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    Trade him to china then

    Why won’t they play him he did pretty good on last yr team don’t get it’s not like the other big on the bucks are good

  5. bougin89 - Nov 26, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    I agree with pretty much all of the above comments. The Bucks have been entertaining this year. No, they don’t have any stars although Monta Ellis at times has looked really good but this team plays hard. The only problem is they are at the point where they cannot dramatically improve unless they can execute a trade for a legitimate star(chances of that happening are next to none) or getting a really high draft pick(which would have to be through a trade).

  6. mvp43 - Nov 27, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    That comeback last night says a lot about this team. I don’t care who you are, but to come back from a 27 point deficit, on the road is almost unheard of. When they get Luc Mbah a Moute back that will help shore up the defense and hopefully they won’t get into that type a game again. Yes, they could use that 1 legit star, but that ain’t happening……….. they’re strength is their deep bench.

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