Gooden signs on for three more years

There seemed to be mixed opinions on whether or not the Cavaliers should bring restricted free agent Drew Gooden back next year, but considering the uneventful offseason the team has had thus far, this news is suprisingly encouraging:

Gooden’s representative, Calvin Andrews, told ESPN.com on Monday that his client has agreed to terms with the Cleveland Cavaliers on a three-year contract worth about $23 million.

Re-signing Gooden was the Cavs’ other main priority this offseason, after securing LeBron James’ signature on a contract extension last month. The lack of further free-agent activity in Cleveland isn’t surprising after its spending spree last summer to re-sign Zydrunas Ilgauskas and bring in Larry Hughes, Donyell Marshall and Damon Jones.

“It was a long negotiation, but ultimately Danny Ferry was very fair and professional throughout the process,” Andrews said of the Cavaliers’ general manager. “At the end of the day, Drew is very excited to re-sign with what he feels is a team on the cusp of a championship. He feels he has found a home with the Cavaliers.”

Once Gooden and his agent came down from their outrageous initial demands (six years, $60 million), getting him signed became a much more sensible move. At almost $8 million a year, the team isn’t necessarily getting off cheap here, but in this market and considering their need for productive big bodies, it’s a very reasonable contract.

It’d also be nice to see them now get Reggie Evans, nut-grabbing incident aside. Rumor has it Evans could be had for just a couple million, and he’d instantly become a tough-minded rebounder off the bench, someone who could provide some much needed depth behind Gooden and, more notably, Z.

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