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Milwaukee Bucks amnesty Drew Gooden

Jul 16, 2013, 7:53 PM EDT

Paul George, Drew Gooden AP

This really isn’t a surprise — the Bucks spent pretty much all of last season trying to trade Drew Gooden and failed, so they just decided to cut the cord.

The Milwaukee Bucks have waived Gooden using the league’s amnesty provision, the team announced Tuesday afternoon, five hours before the midnight deadline to use it this season.

Gooden was owed two years, $13.4 million on his contract, the end of a full mid-level five-year, $32 million deal. He will still get paid that money but it comes off the Bucks’ official books and doesn’t count toward any luxury tax.

Gooden played in just 16 games for the Bucks last season as he had been benched. He had started 46 games in the lockout season, scoring 13.2 points a game with a PER of 18.8 but he had fallen out of favor in Milwaukee after that. Way, way out of favor. He only got noticed when his hair got weird.

Gordon now goes on waivers and if no team under the cap picks him up (which is not likely) he becomes an unrestricted free agent. This is the same process Metta World Peace went through. Just like that, whatever another team chooses to pay Gordon would be subtracted from the rest of what the Bucks still have to fork over.

  1. sjs8515 - Jul 16, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    Finally. Odd that they waited so long when it was so obvious but at least the Bucks did the right thing.

  2. dondada10 - Jul 16, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    Every time I think of Drew Gooden I laugh at the nickname Slam magazine gave him when he was a rookie: Receding Wallace.

  3. mtminadeo - Jul 16, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    Love how it goes back and forth b/n Gooden and Gordon… Soo pathetic

    • JMClarkent - Jul 16, 2013 at 9:47 PM

      That is because his wife thinks that he is “Gordon” from Sesame Street.

  4. 00maltliquor - Jul 16, 2013 at 8:23 PM

    Watch the Lakers pick him up…

  5. dolphindubs - Jul 16, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    If Miami cant sign Oden or Dalembert, this is a guy they should take a look at. I might actually prefer them signing him to those others

  6. glink123 - Jul 16, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    Any 3rd grader can be a “blogger”. Just ask the bozo running this one.

    • Kurt Helin - Aug 4, 2013 at 11:49 AM

      For the record, I finished third grade.

  7. jimsjam33 - Jul 17, 2013 at 12:14 AM

    Drew Gooden would be a perfect fit for the Clippers behind Jordan and Griffin .

  8. lakerade - Jul 17, 2013 at 12:54 AM

    How much tax did MIL save as a result?

    • bougin89 - Jul 18, 2013 at 12:51 PM

      Zero. We’re not in the luxury tax zone in regards to the cap. This was a purely dump a horrible contract move. Maybe we save a million or two if another team picks him up.

  9. norvturnersneck - Jul 17, 2013 at 1:11 AM

    Let the suck for next year sweepstakes begin. Bye bye Jennings!!

  10. xLith - Jul 17, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    Every time I see a picture of Gooden, I can’t help but think of that ugly haircut (if you can call it that) he used to sport when James was still on the Cavs.

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