HoopsHype Drew Gooden rumors

April 6, 2012 Updates

Bucks center Drew Gooden reported some improvement with his sore lower back, after he sat out Milwaukee’s 107-98 victory over Cleveland on Wednesday night. “We thought the best thing was to get a couple days’ rest and see if it calms down,” Gooden said. “I’ve got to be smart in this situation. “It feels a whole lot better today and we’ll see how it feels tomorrow.” Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

March 12, 2012 Updates

A source close to the Bucks said they are doubtful that now is the time to get maximum value for the injured Bogut, meaning any and all suitors will have to make a strong push to do a deal. Bogut is owed a combined $27 million for the next two seasons, and -- as was reported by ESPN.com -- Milwaukee is indeed looking to unload the contracts of either Stephen Jackson (one season remaining at $10.1 million) or Drew Gooden (three seasons remaining for a combined $20.1 million) in any Bogut trade. For all the justified talk of Bogut's career being forever affected by his many ailments, the Bucks appear ready to move past this disappointing chapter either now or perhaps this summer. SI.com

March 4, 2012 Updates
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The 6-foot-10 veteran said he will use the time during the all-star break to rest the injury and will try to return next week. "I keep getting it banged up, where I'm landing on it or falling on the floor," Gooden said in the Bucks' locker room before the game against the Chicago Bulls. "Or getting it jammed while guarding guys in the post, just trying to make plays defensively. "It got to the point where it was just tough warming up before the game. It was painful to shoot. It got to the point where if I was going to shoot, it was only going to be in the game. "I couldn't warm up or do any spot shooting at practice. Some days at practice would be the worst. I needed for it to calm down and see what was really going on with it." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

February 20, 2012 Updates

Tobias Harris tried to do some drills Sunday morning but could barely raise his right arm over his head. So the Bucks rookie forward will not be able to play as Milwaukee faces the New Jersey Nets on Sunday night at the Prudential Center. Veteran Drew Gooden is not with the team as he continues his recovery from a sprained right wrist. Both players are listed as day-to-day. Rookie Jon Leuer again will get a start at center after lasting just 7 minutes against Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic on Friday in the Bucks' 94-85 defeat. Leuer, Larry Sanders and Jon Brockman should get the center minutes against the Nets' Brook Lopez, making his first appearance (and first start) of the season after missing 32 games with a fractured fifth metatarsal in his right foot. Harris was injured when he ran smack into the Magic's Howard, who was setting a screen during the fourth quarter Friday. And it came moments after Harris had converted a three-point play to give the Bucks a 10-point lead. They were outscored, 22-3, the rest of the way. Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

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Gooden's salary figures (he's due $26 million over the next four seasons) jump off the page as pricey, but sources say that the Bucks intend to keep him for at least one more season because they badly need frontcourt depth and rebounding. ESPN.com

The Bucks have the 6-10 Gooden returning in the second year of a five-year contract at power forward and also will have 6-10 Ersan Ilyasova, who has been playing for a pro team in Turkey during the lockout. Under FIBA rules, Ilyasova is obligated to return for the final year of his contract with the Bucks. Gooden was limited to 35 games last season due to plantar fasciitis in his left foot. "I committed my summer to my body," Gooden said in an interview from San Francisco. "I wanted my foot to be in the best condition it's been in, and you will shortly see that. "The foot is feeling great. I have my days where it is sore, but I guess I won't know until I play five games in a row. I think the two biggest keys for any team this season will be staying healthy and being a deep squad." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

November 21, 2011 Updates

Ricky Rubio played Sunday night in a charity game organized by Bucks forward Drew Gooden, marking the first time the Spanish guard had tested some NBA competition during the lockout. The former Barcelona guard hit the first three-pointer he attempted in the Make-a-Wish Charity Game held at the Cow Palace in Daly City, Calif. Rubio signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves but his NBA debut has been on hold due to the lockout which has canceled league games through Dec. 15. "I'm going to stay here for a while to see if we'll play," Rubio said in an Associated Press report on the game. "I can always go back to Spain. So I know I will be playing basketball somewhere this season." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

November 19, 2011 Updates
November 17, 2011 Updates

Drew Gooden’s Make-A-Wish Game at the Cow Palace (at 6 p.m. on Nov. 20) will be Wright’s sixth this offseason. Call him the charity game king. WRIGHT: “Trying to stay right.” Part of Wright’s training program has been to play in charity games. But charity games are glorified pick-up games, right? Are they even beneficial? Wright says yes. WRIGHT: “It’s a great way to reach out with the fans and also give guys a chance to play good ball and compete. And it’s more of an All-Star Game with guys from everywhere. So the fans love it and we do as well.” Contra Costa Times

November 9, 2011 Updates
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Sources also indicated veteran forward Drew Gooden is not a candidate for the amnesty provision. Gooden signed a five-year, $32 million contract prior to last season but was limited to 35 games and just 18 starts due to injuries. Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

October 11, 2011 Updates

Gooden — who played last season with the Milwaukee Bucks and had two seasons with Orlando in the early 2000s — along with operating partner George Taylor III last month inked a deal with Texas restaurant chain Wingstop Inc. to open four new restaurants in the Orlando area. The pair, as Zerocon Food Systems LLC, plan to open the eatery in areas such as Altamonte Springs, Dr. Phillips, Lake Mary, the University of Central Florida main campus area in east Orlando and Winter Park, just to name a few possible locations. Gooden said he expects to sign the first lease by the end of this month, most likely in the Altamonte Springs area. Business News

April 10, 2011 Updates

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