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Mavericks Land Themselves a Gooden

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And the consolation prize is ... Drew Gooden.

To which I say, not bad. Not bad at all. He's no Marcin Gortat or Carlos Boozer or Emeka Okafor, but the 6-foot-10, 250-pound 27-year old journeyman can be a nice fit on a nice team.

Gooden seemingly has the size and skills and athleticism to be difference-making big man in the paint. But there's a reason - after agreeing to a one-year contract worth $4.5 million - that he's now with his seventh team in eight NBA seasons.

The bad news: He's moody. He meanders from the paint. He misses defensive rotations.

The good news: He'll at times keep Erick Dampier off the court.

Gooden was the fourth overall pick in the '02 draft, and he's been a 10-point/8-rebound producer for most of his career. Last year he missed 31 games with injuries and was hardly noticable as a Spur in Dallas' first-round playoff victory.

Don't know what Dallas' plans are now with backup big men Ryan Hollins and James Singleton, but I do the Mavericks are a better team with the addition of Gooden.

Right?

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