Thursday , Oct , 28 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Cavs pick up option on Drew Gooden

Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) – The Cleveland Cavaliers Thursday picked up
the team’s 2005-06 contract option on forward Drew Gooden.

Gooden, 23, was acquired by Cleveland from Orlando in July and averaged 11.6
points and 6.5 rebounds in 79 games for the Magic. He is currently averaging
13 points and an NBA preseason-best 11.2 boards per contest.

“In his short time here, Drew has been very productive on the court and
quickly impressed us with his work ethic and dedication to becoming the best
player he can be,” Cavs president and general manager of basketball operations
Jim Paxson said.

The fourth overall pick by the Memphis Grizzlies in the 2002 draft, Gooden has
averaged 12 points and 6.5 rebounds in 149 career games.

Gooden, a former Kansas star, was sent to Cleveland along with center Steven
Hunter and the rights to forward Anderson Varejao. Forward/center Tony Battie
and a pair of second-round draft picks were then dealt to Orlando.

“He has been a great fit for us and we expect him to continue to develop and
grow,” Paxson added.