From Marc Stein:
[Drew] Gooden was formally waived by the Kings shortly after 11 p.m. ET on Sunday night. He had to be released by 11:59 p.m. to be playoff-eligible for his next employer. Gooden was due $7.1 million in the final season of his contract.
San Antonio and Dallas are among the teams that will be chasing Gooden hardest this week, sources said, with the Cleveland Cavaliers expected to land the other prominent veteran who reached a buyout agreement Sunday night: Oklahoma City’s Joe Smith.
Tell me this a week ago, and I might be interested. Drew Gooden is a decent scorer (notably not a back-to-the-basket scorer; Gooden’s game is almost exclusively face-up) who can play spot minutes at center, but any interest I would have had in Gooden has been curtailed by James Singleton’s ridiculous play of late. I’ll side with Brandon Bass and Singleton, two quality players who already know the system and don’t quite share Gooden’s poor defensive reputation.
Then again, might feigning interest in Gooden be worth it just to prevent San Antonio from getting more frontcourt depth?