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Gooden Buyout Possible

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Sam Amick reports:

According to sources with knowledge of the situation, the recently acquired forward from Chicago has had recent discussions with the Kings regarding a possible buyout of the remaining portion of his expiring contract ($7.1 million this season).

While it does not appear likely, Gooden's window of opportunity to join a potential playoff team closes at 9 p.m. Pacific time tonight. That is the deadline for players to join teams and still be eligible to be on the playoff roster.

If Gooden is bought out, Cleveland and San Antonio would be two likely possibilities.

Keep in mind, even if the Celtics didn't lock up Mikki Moore when he became available, they would have had to compete with Cleveland and San Antonio for Joe Smith and/or Drew Gooden, and Cleveland has a lot more available money to offer.