Bucks sign Salmons, Gooden

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MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Bucks made it official on Thursday and signed guard John Salmons and forward Drew Gooden to multi-year contracts.

Financial terms were not disclosed. However, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel previously reported that Salmons' deal was for five years and $40 million, while Yahoo! Sports said Gooden was locked up to a five-year, $32 million contract.

Acquired in a trade with Chicago last season, Salmons played in 30 games, starting 28, for Milwaukee and averaged 19.9 points, 3.3 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 1.1 steals.

He was a key part in the Bucks' late-season push for a playoff berth and posted 17.0 points, 4.0 assists, 3.7 boards and 1.4 steals in a seven-game loss to Atlanta in the first round.

Over eight seasons in the NBA, Salmons has career averages of 9.7 points, 2.4 assists and 3.0 rebounds in 610 games with Milwaukee, Chicago, Sacramento and Philadelphia.

Gooden, who was the fourth overall selection of the Memphis Grizzlies in the 2002 draft out of Kansas, split the 2009-10 campaign with Dallas and the Los Angeles Clippers. In a combined 70 games, the veteran posted averages of 10.9 points and 7.7 rebounds.

The journeyman has played for eight teams since entering the league, averaging 11.9 points and 7.9 rebounds per game for his career.


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