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Gooden: 'This is not my first rodeo getting traded'

Drew Gooden wore a plain practice jersey, featuring nothing more than the Wizards logo on the front and no number on the back. Asked what number he planned to wear for his debut against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Gooden said, "Well, If it's going to be a number, it's going to be 90."

If there is going to be a number? If Gooden doesn't sound as if he's ready to fully commit to being a Wizard, it's understandable. He's been down this path plenty of times in his career. He's on his eighth team in eight seasons and has been traded at the deadline in each of the past three seasons. In the last 24 months, he has gone from Cleveland to Chicago to Sacramento (for one game) to San Antonio to Dallas and, finally, to Washington.

"This is not my first rodeo getting traded," Gooden said after participating in the morning walkthrough on Wednesday. "We'll see what happens. I'm a Washington Wizard, but we'll see what happens."

It's well-known that Gooden would prefer to have a buyout rather than throw away the final 32 games in a wasteland. He got traded from a conference finals contender to a No. 1-pick-in-the-lottery contender, which is difficult for someone who signed a one-year deal with Dallas for good reason -- he thought he would have a chance to win and get consistent minutes. So, when he found out last weekend that he was leaving the Mavericks in a seven-player trade to the Wizards, he was rattled.

"I was caught by surprise," Gooden said. "Things started to slide downhill over there and you knew something was going to happen, but for what I provided for that team, I didn't think it would be me, but it's the business. "

Gooden has experienced the business side all too well, having started his career in Memphis and getting traded to Orlando during his rookie season (for current teammate Mike Miller). His latest deal involved him getting traded for his good friend, DeShawn Stevenson.

"It's a lot of six degrees of separation with Drew Gooden around the league," he said.

Gooden spoke with Coach Flip Saunders and President Ernie Grunfeld after arriving in town on Tuesday night. He expressed his apprehension about starting over again, but Saunders believes the conversation was productive. "We had a good talk about things. We'll see where things are," Saunders said. "It's always tough when you're traded. He's been a guy that's been traded a lot at the trading deadline so I think he had some concerns. I hope my talk to him, and Ernie talked to him, I hope he understands why we wanted him involved in the deal and that things will work out."

If Gooden and the Wizards settle on a buyout, he is expected to return to Dallas after the 30-day waiting period. But before agreeing to anything, the Wizards are looking into trading Gooden again before Thursday's deadline. Milwaukee and Charlotte are reportedly interested in acquiring the 6-foot-10 forward who has made the rounds over his career. Gooden said he has grown accustomed to changing addresses.

"It won't be tough for me. Transition to another team, I'm used to it," he said. "I've been to San Antonio, Cleveland, Sacramento for a game, Dallas, Chicago, D.C., the last 12 months it seems like. The transition won't be hard at all."

But Gooden, who sports a light goatee as opposed to the scraggly beard he started to grow in a competition with Stevenson, might have to get a new look if he is unable to negotiate a return to Dallas.

"I thought I was moving to the sun, in Dallas. Now I'm back in the cold," Gooden said, rubbing his chin. "I guess I'll have to grow one back out."

By Michael Lee  |  February 17, 2010; 3:09 PM ET
 
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Comments

So what...

Posted by: Gooddad | February 17, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

I don't like his attitude, I understand you've been traded many times but you're being paid to PLAY basketball, enjoy it why you still can and stop b&#$%!^) about it.

Posted by: hoopsdavis | February 17, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

I don't want him here long-term with that attitude. Trade him before Thursday.

Posted by: glawrence007 | February 17, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

He's gonna be trouble. Get rid of him quick!

Posted by: thecomedian1 | February 17, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Its no wonder teams fail to make money. Gooden wants the Wiz to give him money so he can go play where he wants. The buyout should be $1.00

Posted by: Boogadiggy | February 17, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Wow..A guy get's paid to play basketball and he has this attitude. What an idiot. Just what we need another idiot to go along with Bozo the Clown.

Posted by: kevenjones | February 17, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

F*** HIM YOU ACT LIKE WE WANTED YOU ANYWAY YOU SORRY SACK OF SH**

Posted by: bsilvanus | February 17, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Fine deal him if we can. Anyway the objective now that we have all these guys w/ expirings is to move them for draft picks.

Look at teams that are playoff contenders. You deal guys like Gooden, Howard, Miller, Oberto, Boykins to them in exchange for their expirings, players they have that are not contributing, maybe due to injury or just not a fit for their rotations, plus a draft pick.

They do it because they upgrade their talent this season for their playoff run. Teams that need rebounding help would want Gooden. Teams that need a scoring boost may want a Howard or Miller. Teams that want to add a veteran pg or center to their bench could like Boykins or Oberto. The draft pick will likely be later in the 1st round if they are a playoff team so not too much for them to part with for the sake of trying to make a move this season.

Posted by: Darnell1 | February 17, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

seriously, since when is Drew Gooden entitled to choose where he wants to play. You're under contract, if you want out, then tear it up.

Posted by: ZardsFan1 | February 17, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

I don't see any problem here. The Wizards will happily buy Gooden out if it saves the team some more money.

Posted by: djnnnou | February 17, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Well then, Hoss, buy out your contract, jump on your horse, get the f*** out of Dodge and go ride to your next rodeo stop.

Don't let the DC saloon bar doors hit you in the ass on the way out....

Posted by: ArchieTambo | February 17, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

That said...

You know all this talk I hear is how the Wizards are gonna be terrible now for years and years.

IMO if we just stayed with what we have now, with no further moves we could actually be pretty good right away.

Even not getting the #1 pick... say we get like #4 and draft a guy like center Demarcus Cousins... to go along with Jamison, Miller, Howard, Arenas.. that's not too bad. Blatche and Foye off the bench. McGee and Young another year older.

Posted by: Darnell1 | February 17, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Actually I like his attitude. So what if he doesn't want to play here? I would rather a player make it known than play some stupid passive-aggressive games with the team and fans. Would you want to play for one of the worst teams in the league when you signed up to play for a contender (in the West no less)?

I would be more pissed at a player that says he's happy coming from a contender to the Wizards. The Wizards are in such a bad state right now, the coach doesn't even know the starting lineup hours before tonight's match.

Posted by: tundey | February 17, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

@Darnell1: Sometimes you just have to start over. Remember the "Big 3" aren't getting younger. Coupled that with the fact that they haven't won (for whatever reason) in the past 3 years and they are paying luxury taxes...come on! It was time to blow it up. On paper, they should have been a good team but unless you're playing NBA Live, sh1t happens and it happened to the idea of the "Big 3".

Posted by: tundey | February 17, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

There is a reason this guy never finishes a season on the same team he started it with. At this rate, he'll be asking for a buyout from the Polish League in two years.

Posted by: MBUSA | February 17, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

he is only here until the end of the year. he is scheduled to make 4.5. I would offer him 500,000 or else he can stay the rest of the year.

Posted by: anacostia85 | February 17, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Tundey... yeah I agree, and I'm sure we're making more moves. I'm just saying , even if we don't I really don't think we would be that bad off. Howard could actually even fit in better with Arenas than Butler did. And we may actually make moves that help us and make us even better.

For example...

Say we make this Jamison/James for Ilgauska/Moon/pick deal.

Offseason we have 2 1st rounders... say we end up #4 and #29. We get , oh say, something like center Demarcus Cousins, and forwards Damion James, and Trevor Booker (2nd round). We lose salaries of Ilgauskas, Boykins, Oberto, McGuire, Gooden, Singleton, Crittenton.

Say we sign a big FA like Bosh... re-sign Miller (to a smaller deal than current) and restricted FA Foye, and keep Howard (maybe for less money).

You're looking at Cousins, Bosh, Miller, Howard, Arenas

Bench of Blatche, McGee, D.James, Booker, Moon, Young, Foye

Posted by: Darnell1 | February 17, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

he shouldn't be allowed on the floor, it's not like he's gonna reinvent himself in one game and draw new offers, he is what he is and if we can get a bag of skittles for him to pull the trigger, he and deshawn should start their own league where their talents can be appreciated

Posted by: bford1kb | February 17, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

BOOO F'N HOOO! [Violins play in the background]

This guy is making, what? -- $4.5 million, and he wants to have a pitty party for himself for getting traded more than he'd like?

Americans are out of work, no health care, and no prospects, and this guy is throwing a tantrum, because despite the $4.5M, he'd like to be playing for a better team?

Then pay the Wizards! If I was Ernie, I'd tell that spoilt bastard "You buy us out of your contract, ya crybaby! You'll get F-All from us to leave!"

I'd trade his ass to New Jersey for a 2nd rounder just for the pleasure of hearing him whimper like a newborn. These NBA players are the most spoiled-rotten individuals around. Whaaa Whaaa ... always me ....

Posted by: Independent11 | February 17, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Everyone uses Atlanta or Portland as examples that starting over might not be such a bad thing. On the flip side, Milwaukee and Minnesota have been rebuilding for years with no end in site.

Posted by: thecomedian1 | February 17, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

thecomedian1,
What the Wiz should do is lure away Atlanta or Portland's GMs to work their magic here.

Posted by: Independent11 | February 17, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

I agree with many of you. I say if you can trade Gooden for a young player who can develop into a decent player or get a 1st round pick for him do it. Otherwise, make this bum play out the rest of the year on our team just out of spite for his attitude. He comes off the books after this year anyways. Remember how overhyped Gooden was at Kansas? My god did Chris Wilcox dominate him or what in the tournament.

Posted by: DCSportsFan28 | February 17, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

What the Wiz should do is lure away Atlanta or Portland's GMs to work their magic here.

You got that right! lol

Posted by: thecomedian1 | February 17, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully if he wants to get out of here that bad, he will take a cheap buyout. The closer we get to the luxury tax line, the less we have to sacrifice in any further trades we make.

Posted by: VeCente115 | February 17, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

The stuff that comes out of the mouths of fans is hilarious sometimes.

Posted by: kalo_rama | February 17, 2010 6:12 PM | Report abuse

It's funny how Drew Gooden is on the team.

He came out the same year Jared J. came out and Les BouleS wanted Gooden, but settled for JJ since Gooden was picked sooner.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | February 17, 2010 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, let Goodon go, free up Jamison, and while at it, probably should free up Miller too. Why would any self-respect good veteran want to play for the Wizards?

Staring next season, the only veteran left to tutor all the young players will be - Gilbert Arenas! Talking about starting to rebuild on the wrong foot! LOL

Posted by: sagaliba | February 17, 2010 6:24 PM | Report abuse

And he wonders why he gets traded so much.

Posted by: pjkiger1 | February 17, 2010 6:35 PM | Report abuse

out of the mouths of sports players...he thinks he's entitled, that's what wrong with the players of the day. it should be considered a privilge to play professional sports, no matter where it is, yet the feeling that something is owed to them(other than their contract)is the prevalent thought they all seem to have. anyone writing on this blog would relish the opportunity to be a professional athele, with the potential to make boatloads of money(for playing a game). yet those in the position fail to recognize how difficult it is for the average joe to except the attitudes they carry about themselves. i don't suppose it's possible for them to play just for the love of the game(while they make a boatload of money). it's a sad but true microcoosm of the entire sports scene and us poor fans, addicted to watching grown men play a game(while they make a boatload of money and say they only play for the guys in the room and are not concerned about the fans.) yet we watch and blog and become irate at those who are outrageous in their statements, because we love watching grown men playing games and making boatloads of money.(apparently)

Posted by: joerutgens72 | February 17, 2010 6:56 PM | Report abuse

Since he hates being traded so much I'm glad they traded him one more time.

Posted by: wiz313 | February 17, 2010 8:35 PM | Report abuse

gooden is a 5 year old in a 6'10" body. i don't mean this in a bad way - rather to emphasize that there is not even an ounce of malice or intent to offend despite how he often verbalizes things better left unsaid. he was the cause of the friction between stevenson & lebron james by repeating to something stevenson lebron had said about him. that kind of trash talk goes on in every locker rooom, but gooden was truly clueless as to what would happen by repeating it.

Posted by: dabear1 | February 18, 2010 12:34 AM | Report abuse

Must be nice to get paid for being a BUM!

Posted by: ENJOYA | February 18, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

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