The Milwaukee Bucks used their amnesty provision on forward Drew Gooden, the team announced on Tuesday. Gooden was scheduled to earn $13.3 million over the next two seasons, the final years of the five-year, $32 million contract he signed in 2010.
Gooden will still be paid the money owed to him on his contract, it just won't count against the Bucks' salary cap. The 31-year-old forward will be placed on waivers where teams under the salary cap can bid for his services and the Bucks will be on the hook to pay Gooden the difference between his new salary and his old one. If no team signs Gooden, he will become an unrestricted free agent and the Bucks will be on the hook for his remaining salary until someone picks him up, but the key is that the money won't count against Milwaukee's salary cap regardless.
Gooden is one of the NBA's most well-traveled veterans, playing on nine different teams over his 11-year career. The veteran forward appeared in just 16 games for the Bucks last season, averaging 3.3 points per game. He's averaged 11.8 points and 7.6 rebounds per game on 46.5 percent shooting from the floor over the course of his career.