Drew Gooden has signed with the Dallas Mavericks. It’s a one year deal and if you’re keeping track at home, the Mavs are the 7th team for Gooden. That’s not a good sign when you are selected 4th overall in the 1st round, as Gooden was in 2002. And according to ESPN, Gooden may get the starting nod:
It’s believed that he’ll get a shot at starting at center for the Mavericks ahead of Erick Dampier, after that spot had been earmarked for Gortat with a five-year, $34 million offer sheet early in free agency.
Gooden has his uses, but he was aggravating to watch when he was here with the Bulls. I commented during the season that he should be the host of a new show I called “When Bigs Shoot Bad Jumpers”. If he could alter his shot selection and get in better condition, I think he could be even better. Maybe Rick Carlisle — and a contract year — can help Gooden in those areas.
Anyway, for one year and $4.5million, it’s a decent deal for the Mavs.