Tuesday , Sep , 12 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Cavs ink Gooden to contract extension

Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) – The Cleveland Cavaliers signed forward Drew Gooden to a multi-year contract extension on Monday. Terms of the new deal were not announced.

Cavs ink Gooden to contract extension

Gooden started 79 games last season with Cleveland and averaged 10.7 points and 8.4 rebounds per game. He carried his success into the postseason when he averaged 8.2 points and 7.5 rebounds in 13 postseason tilts.

“He played well last year and we are confident he can continue to build a reputation as a defender and tenacious rebounder,” said Cleveland general manager Danny Ferry. “We made a good step forward last year as a team and we felt it was important to keep the core and build around it.”

Since the start of the 2004-05 season when he was acquired by Cleveland from the Magic, Gooden has started 159 games with the Cavs and his total rebounds ranks fifth in the NBA among power forwards.

Originally selected fourth overall in the 2002 draft by the Memphis Grizzlies, Gooden has played in 310 career games. In that span, he holds an average of 12.3 points, 7.7 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game.