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Drew Gooden
PF/C - 6'10, 250lbs - 42 years old - 14 years of NBA experience
Retired - Retired after 2016 season
  • Birthdate: 09/24/1981
  • Drafted (NBA): 4th pick, 2002
  • Pre-draft team: Kansas
  • Country: USA
  • Hand: Right
  • Agent: -
2002 NBA DraftNBADrafted 4th overall by Memphis.
2nd July, 2002NBASigned four year, $13,079,371 rookie scale contract with Memphis. Included team option for 2005/06.
19th February, 2003NBATraded by Memphis, along with Gordon Giricek and cash, to Orlando in exchange for Mike Miller, Ryan Humphrey, a 2003 first round pick (#27, Kendrick Perkins) and a 2004 second round pick (#49, Sergei Lishchuk).
23rd July, 2004NBATraded by Orlando, along with Steven Hunter and the draft rights to Anderson Varejao (#30, 2004) to Cleveland in exchange for Tony Battie, a 2005 second round pick (#44, Martynas Andriuskevicius) and a 2007 second round pick (#54, Brad Newley).
28th October, 2004NBACleveland exercised 2005/06 team option.
15th September, 2006NBARe-signed by Cleveland to a three year, $20,250,001 contract.
21st February, 2008NBAAs a part of a three team deal, traded by Cleveland to Chicago, along with Larry Hughes, Shannon Brown and Cedric Simmons, and along with Ira Newble and Donyell Marshall to Seattle, in exchange for Ben Wallace, Joe Smith and a 2009 second round pick (#46, Danny Green) from Chicago, and Wally Szczerbiak and Delonte West from Seattle.
18th February, 2009NBATraded by Chicago, along with Andres Nocioni, Michael Ruffin and Cedric Simmons, to Sacramento in exchange for John Salmons and Brad Miller.
1st March, 2009NBAWaived by Sacramento.
5th March, 2009NBASigned a guaranteed minimum salary contract for the remainder of the season with San Antonio.
30th July, 2009NBASigned a partially guaranteed one year, $4.5 million contract with Dallas.
13th February, 2010NBATraded by Dallas, along with Josh Howard, Quinton Ross and James Singleton, to Washington in exchange for Caron Butler, Brendan Haywood, DeShawn Stevenson and cash.
17th February, 2010NBAAs a part of a three team deal, traded by Washington to L.A. Clippers, along with Antawn Jamison to Cleveland, in exchange for Zydrunas Ilgauskas, a 2010 first round pick (#30, Lazar Hayward) and the draft rights to Emir Preldzic (#57, 2009) from Cleveland, and Al Thornton from L.A. Clippers.
8th July, 2010NBASigned a five year, $32,053,400 contract with Milwaukee.
16th July, 2013NBAWaived by Milwaukee via the amnesty clause.
26th February, 2014NBASigned a 10 day contract with Washington.
8th March, 2014NBASigned a second 10 day contract with Washington.
18th March, 2014NBASigned a guaranteed minimum salary contract for the remainder of the season with Washington.
14th July, 2014NBARe-signed by Washington to a guaranteed one year minimum salary contract.
12th July, 2015NBARe-signed by Washington to a partially guaranteed two year, $6,847,000 contract.
7th July, 2016NBAWaived by Washington.
Career Moves
1999 - 2002Kansas (NCAA)
June 2002 - February 2003Memphis Grizzlies (NBA)
February 2003 - July 2004Orlando Magic (NBA)
July 2004 - February 2008Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA)
February 2008 - February 2009Chicago Bulls (NBA)
February 2009 - March 2009Sacramento Kings (NBA)
March 2009 - June 2009San Antonio Spurs (NBA)
July 2009 - February 2010Dallas Mavericks (NBA)
February 2010Washington Wizards (NBA)
February 2010 - June 2010L.A. Clippers (NBA)
July 2010 - July 2013Milwaukee Bucks (NBA)
February 2014 - July 2016Washington Wizards (NBA)
Articles about Drew Gooden

December 12, 2013

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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June 9, 2011

[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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July 8, 2010

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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May 29, 2010

[...] 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 know, I've seen worse international lineups out there. They could beat Wales.

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February 21, 2010

[...] 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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January 8, 2010

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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