Clippers Acquire Drew Gooden in Three Team Trade
For Immediate Release
The Los Angeles Clippers today acquired forward Drew Gooden from the Washington Wizards as part of a three-team trade that also included the Cleveland Cavaliers. In exchange for Gooden, the Clippers sent forward Al Thornton to Washington and guard Sebastian Telfair to the Cavaliers. Cleveland also receives forward Antawn Jamison from Washington and the Wizards received center Zydrunas Ilgauskas from Cleveland.
Gooden, 28, did not play a game for Washington after being acquired by the Wizards in a seven-player trade with Dallas on Feb. 13, 2010. The seven-year NBA veteran has appeared in 46 games this season for the Mavericks, starting 11 and averaging 8.9 points, 6.9 rebounds and 0.6 assists in 22.4 minutes per game.
The six-foot-10 former University of Kansas standout was originally drafted with the fourth overall pick in the 2002 NBA Draft by the Memphis Grizzlies and was named to the 2002-03 All-Rookie First Team. Gooden has appeared in 556 career games with seven teams, holding career averages of 11.8 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.1 assists while shooting 47 percent from the field.
Drafted by the Clippers with the 14th overall selection in the 2007 NBA Draft, Thornton is in his third-year in Los Angeles and currently averaging a career-low 10.7 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game.
A six-year veteran in his first season with the Clippers, Telfair appeared in 39 games for Los Angeles in 2009-10, averaging 4.3 points, 1.6 rebounds and 1.1 assists before suffering a right groin injury that has kept him sidelined since Jan. 21.
Gooden's line is as follows: