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Bucks Release Gooden, Lose Summer League Game

Milwaukee Bucks logo.
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MILWAUKEE, WI (LEARFIELD-WSAU) The Milwaukee Bucks used their amnesty clause yesterday to waive veteran forward Drew Gooden. The team will pay him 13-point-four million dollars for the two years he has left on his contract – but it will not count against the Bucks’ annual salary cap.

Gooden becomes the 20th N-B-A player waived under the amnesty clause, which was added to the league’s collective bargaining agreement in 2011. Teams can only use the clause once, and only on players who were on their rosters before the new bargaining agreement took effect.

Gooden is an 11-year N-B-A veteran who signed a five-year deal with Milwaukee in 2010. He averaged around 11 points and six rebounds in 107 games with the Bucks. The Bucks lost to Golden State 84-to-73 yesterday in an N-B-A Summer League game in Las Vegas. Milwaukee trailed by nine points after the first quarter, and never caught up.

John Henson – who missed Sunday’s game after hurting his right groin at practice – had 15 rebounds and nine points against the Warriors. But he also committed eight turnovers in 29 minutes.

Dominique Jones led Milwaukee with 11 points. Lance Goulborne had 13 for Golden State, which improved to 3-and-0.

The Bucks suffered their first loss in the Summer League after a pair of victories. They’ll now advance to a single-elimination tournament which begins today. Milwaukee drew the ninth seed among 22 teams, and will open tomorrow against the eighth-seeded Los Angeles Lakers.

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