Dec 15, 2012; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Drew Gooden (0) drives for the basket as Los Angeles Clippers forward Lamar Odom (7) defends during the fourth quarter at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Bucks Use Amnesty Provision on Drew Gooden

2012 NBA MVP Candidate / Midrange Specialist / Point Center / Mr. Triple Double AKA Drew Gooden has been amnestied by the Bucks, according to the team.

The amnesty clause was created in the league’s collective bargaining agreement of 2011. The clause allows teams to waive one player without having their salary count towards the salary cap. By amnestying the rest of Drew Gooden’s two years on his deal, the Bucks clear up roughly $13 million in cap space over the next two seasons. Gooden now enters a bidding process, where teams who are interested in his services bid on taking responsibility for a part of his contract, with the highest offer winning. If no team bids on Gooden, 31, he will become a free agent, and the Bucks will be fully responsible to pay out the rest of his contract.

Financially, this move makes all the sense in the world for the Bucks. Many people thought this would not be a move Herb Kohl would agree to, as paying significant amounts money to a player who’s not even on your roster doesn’t exactly sound like the Senator’s cup of tea. However, Gooden spent the majority of the past season inactive. Could this move mean the Bucks are nearing an inevitable deal with a free agent and needed to clear cap space? Possibly. However, the most likely reason John Hammond decided to use the amnesty on Gooden was to create some financial flexibility over the next two seasons.

Drew Gooden joined the Bucks in 2010, when John Hammond signed him to a 5-year/$32 million contract. Gooden spent the first eight seasons of his career with eight (!!!) different teams. One the reasons he decided to sign a long-term deal in Milwaukee was to find a stable home after all of his bouncing around. Gooden played in only 16 games for the Bucks this past season, including a few of those coming from the hometown Milwaukee crowd begging Jim Boylan to put him in.

This announcement comes as a major disappointment to many Bucks fans, as Gooden was a fan-favorite here in Milwaukee. From his two triple doubles against the Cavs in 2012 to his taunting of Bulls fans on Twitter, Drew Gooden never ceased to bring some entertainment to the Bucks fan base. Drew, your positive energy and vibrant headbands will be sorely missed.

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