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News » Report: Mavs agree to contract with Gooden Center-forward should fill hole left by failed bid to land Gortat

Report: Mavs agree to contract with Gooden Center-forward should fill hole left by failed bid to land Gortat

Report: Mavs agree to contract with Gooden Center-forward should fill hole left by failed bid to land Gortat
NBA journeyman Drew Gooden, who has played for six teams in seven seasons, apparently will make Dallas his next stop.

An unrestricted free agent, Gooden announced the deal on his Twitter feed just after midnight Saturday, writing, "Dallas here I come!!!" Mavericks owner Mark Cuban tweeted in response: "Welcome Drew.", quoting unidentified sources, reported that Gooden will receive a one-year contract worth a guaranteed $4.5 million with incentives that can exceed $5 million. The Mavericks have money to spend because of the midlevel exception void left by Brandon Bass' departure.

Gooden had announced via Twitter on Friday that he would be "making my decision tomorrow on which team I will be playing for." His final choices reportedly were Dallas, Cleveland and Charlotte.

Cuban did not respond to emails Sunday, and Donnie Nelson, president of Basketball operations, could not be reached for comment.

Gooden, 27, has been on the move for most of his career. Dallas will be his fifth team the last two seasons. His longest stint was just shy of four seasons in Cleveland, where he started all but two of his 292 games played.

Last season, he played 51 games between Chicago, Sacramento and San Antonio, battling leg and abdominal injuries along the way. He averaged 9.8 points and 4.4 rebounds in 19 regular-season games with the Spurs and 7.3 points and 3.8 rebounds in the first round of the playoffs against the Mavericks .

With Dallas, Gooden will have the chance to compete with Erick Dampier for the starting center position. That's where the Mavs had planned to use restricted free agent Marcin Gortat, but Orlando matched Dallas' five-year, $34 million offer. The Mavericks also lost Bass, who signed with Orlando.

The Gooden deal comes in the wake of Dallas acquiring Shawn Marion and re-signing Jason Kidd for another three years.

Drew Gooden

Age: 27

Size: 6-10, 250

College: Kansas

Category '08-09 Career

Games 51 510

Minutes avg. 24.8 28.1

FG percentage 46.8 47.1

FT percentage 84.0 73.2 Rebounds avg. 7.1 7.9

Points avg. 11.9 12.0

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Added: July 28, 2009


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