Gooden has found himself on coach Scott Skiles' inactive list thanks to an influx of talented, younger, less-expensive bigs. Despite career averages of 12.0 points and 7.7 rebounds per game, the former University of Kansas star has been relegated to an expensive assistant coach's role.
With former Milwaukee draft picks Ersan Ilyasova, Larry Sanders and rookie John Henson—along with trade acquisitions Ekpe Udoh and Samuel Dalembert—all in Skiles' rotation, Gooden has faced a minutes crunch unlike anything he's experienced in his career.
Even as the NBA moves further away from traditional bigs, Gooden has the ability to impact an NBA roster. Just last season (before the arrival of Henson and Dalembert), he averaged 13.7 points and 6.5 rebounds in 26.2 minutes per game.
If Milwaukee can find a suitor willing to stomach the three years and $20-plus million left on his contract, the Bucks may hold one of the more productive pieces reportedly available on the trade market (according to what journaltimes.com reporter Gery Woelfel has heard around the league).
There are several teams who should be on the phone already with Milwaukee GM John Hammond regarding Gooden's availability.