The Milwaukee Bucks have elected to use their amnesty clause on power forward Drew Gooden. It is a move that should surprise no one in Milwaukee considering how much Gooden was supposed to make during the 2013-14 NBA season and how little time he has spent on the court the last couple of years.
Gooden was on path to make $13.374 million over the next two seasons. Obviously, the Bucks cannot afford to pay someone that kind of money who only averaged 3.3 points per game in 16 contests last year. Well, at least they could not afford to pay that to someone who was taking up a roster spot.
The 31-year-old cannot be too upset because the amnesty clause will still allow him to get paid the rest of his contract. However, his salary will not affect Milwaukee’s salary cap and they will not have to pay a luxury tax. Basically, it is a win-win for everyone.
It is certainly unfortunate to see Gooden leave town as many fans enjoyed his presence on the team. He was a hard worker and never backed down from a challenge on the court. He was capable of knocking down an outside shot and was not afraid to get in the mix for a rebound. There is no question the younger players learned a lot from him. His presence in the organization will certainly be felt for years to come.
Gooden’s most productive season with the Bucks occurred in 2011-12 when the team just narrowly missed the playoffs. In 56 games (46 starts), the 6’10”, 250-pound forward averaged 13.7 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game. He shot 43.7 percent from the floor and 84.6 percent from the free throw line. He also managed to knock down a few 3-pointers every now and again.