Bucks sign Gooden to MLE.. wait, what?!
Posted on: July 1, 2010 12:25 pm
Edited on: July 1, 2010 12:26 pm
Let's take a minute and look back at what the Milwaukee Bucks have done in the past ten days.
Traded for Cory Maggette.
Traded for Chris Douglas-Roberts.
Kept Carlos Delfino.
Drafted Larry Sanders.
And now, they've signed Drew Gooden for the Mid-Level Exception, at a clip of 5 years for $32 million (via Yahoo! Sports). This despite having Ersan Ilyasova and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute on roster, both whom are considered high-upside, versatile, talented players, and Gooden having spent time in more cities than a mid-70's hobo.
So what in the name of Bogut is Bucks GM John Hammond up to?
The Gooden signing makes sense if you listen to Bucks blog BrewHoop, which says the team needed veteran depth at power forward. And Gooden certainly provides that at 29. You do have to wonder about the contract, the length of the contract, and how Gooden fits. The Bucks' offense was definitely their weak point last season. They do need someone who's able to produce offense. And Gooden averaged 15.7 points and 11 rebounds per 36 minutes last season .
The problem is usage (estimated percentage of possessions used). Gooden had the 12th highest usage of any power forward in the league playing at least 30 minutes last season. That's a lot for a guy who is considered a journeyman role player. His efficiency numbers are good, and Gooden comes with a wide range of verstaile skills. It's just curious that the Bucks seem to have loaded up so much at the forward positions, especially with John Salmons still drifting in unrestricted-free-agent land. Probably most curious was the fact that Hammond committed five years to a 29 year-old role player when he has such a young nucleus.
It makes you wonder if Hammond is done with moves beyond re-signing John Salmons and other free agent Luke Ridnour.