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Drew Gooden Becomes First Free Agent Signing

DALLAS - JANUARY 30:  Forward Drew Gooden #90 of the Dallas Mavericks grabs a rebound against Dante Cunningham #33 of the Portland Trail Blazers on January 30, 2010 at American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Keith BennettCorrespondent IJuly 1, 2010

 Drew Gooden, a journeyman power foward who spent last season between the Mavericks and Clippers, will sign a five-year mid-level exception deal worth $32 million with the Milwaukee Bucks, according to Yahoo' Sports Adrian Wojnarowski. Gooden, who will turn 29 before the start of next season, becomes the first American player to reportedly reach an agreement since the official start of the 2010 NBAfree agency period at midnight thursday. If the contract is consummated, the Buckswould officially be Gooden's ninth team in a eight-year career. Gooden is a useful player, though considering just a year ago no team would offer him more than an unguaranteed one-year deal worth $4 milllion, springing for the full mid-level seems awfully hasty, especially considering power forward does not seem to be a need position in Milwaukee. Seems like Scott Skiles is doing a makeover for his Bucks team.

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