The ax finally fell today as the Milwaukee Bucks amnestied eventual fan favorite, triple-double threat, point forward, and — near the end, at least — bench staple Drew Gooden. I’ll now take a moment of silence while you go ahead and read the press release:
The Milwaukee Bucks have waived forward Drew Gooden and designated him as the team’s amnesty player as allowed by the Collective Bargaining Agreement, General Manager John Hammond announced today.
Gooden originally signed with the Bucks as a free agent prior to the 2010-2011 season. The 11-year NBA veteran appeared in 107 games over three season with the Bucks, averaging 11.3 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 1.8 assists per contest.
I promised myself I wouldn’t cry. I promised myself I wouldn’t cry. *deep breath* Okay, here we go:
According to cap wiz Frank Madden of Brew Hoop, the amnesty brings the Bucks’ salary number to right around $50 millon (including Jennings’ hold). The salary cap for this year is $58.679 million, which leaves the Bucks with some breathing room as the Brandon Jennings situation continues to drag on. With the added cap space, the Bucks could theoretically take on additional salary in a trade should the opportunity arise.
According to the NBA’s collective bargaining agreement, today was the final day of this year’s seven-day window for player amnesties.
Many people derided the Bucks for the 5-year, $32 million deal Gooden signed with the team before the 2010-2011 season, and his name has been linked closely with the amnesty clause ever since it came into existence with the new collective bargaining agreement. But Drew went about his work — who can forget when he was thrust into the starting center role after yet another Andrew Bogut injury? For every cool assist he made, it seemed like there was a wacky mistake on the other end of the floor to balance it out. But he was once the Eastern Conference Player of the Week, and we have video to prove it:
That week was capped off by a triple double (15 points, 10 rebounds, 13 assists) which, incredibly, was his second with the Bucks.
I’ll repeat that.
DREW GOODEN HAD TWO TRIPLE-DOUBLES IN A BUCKS UNIFORM.
File that away for your “Obscure Bucks Trivia” night and thank me later.
Anyways, Drew was the kind of player who was fun to watch no matter what the score was. Who else would elicit chants of “We want Drew! We want Drew!” during Bucks blowouts (either in wins or losses) this season? We at Bucksketball will miss the antics, the big man passing, and the ever-changing beard stylings.
Never change, Drew. Never change.