Thursday, July 16, 2009

The Kings are looking at bringing back Gooden for the veteran's minimum after he played in 1 game last year

By Anthony Caruso III

The Sacramento Kings are a very young team. They have many players that are in the first couple years of their playing careers. As a result, there are going to be some growing pains.

But the Kings are hoping to add a veteran front-court player. Kenny Thomas, a power forward, is the oldest player on the team with 10-years experience. They are hoping to sign a veteran for the veteran's minimum.

The Kings have nearly $6 million this summer to sign on free agents. Their cap space increased to $6 million when they decided to not to pick up Ike Diogu's $3.9 qualifying offer, which made him a free agent.

Drew Gooden, a well-traveled power forward, has been mentioned as the veteran front-court player the Kings are seeking. Gooden is seeking his 7th team since being the 4th overall pick in the 2002 NBA draft out of Kansas. He last played for the San Antonio Spurs during the latter part of the 2008-09 season.

Gooden started off the season with the Chicago Bulls. In February 2009, he was traded to the Sacramento Kings in a six-player trade. He was bought out on March 1st after playing 1 game with the Kings and then signed with the Spurs on March 3rd. He played in 19 games with the Spurs in the regular season, where he averaged 9.8 points, 4.4 rebounds, 0.2 assists, 0.2 steals, and 0.2 blocks. He also played in 4 games in the playoffs with the Spurs.

Gooden has previously played for the Memphis Grizzlies (02-03), Orlando Magic (03-04), Cleveland Cavaliers (04-08), Chicago Bulls (08-09), before going to the Kings and Spurs. Gooden has only appeared in 82 games just once in his career, which just happened to be his first-year in Cleveland. He averaged a career-high 14.4 points, 9.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.9 steals, and 0.9 blocks that season.

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