July 26, 2009

LAS VEGAS -- The Dallas Mavericks have agreed to terms with free agent forward Drew Gooden, a league source told SI.com on Saturday. Gooden, who had narrowed his choices to Dallas, Charlotte and Cleveland before the weekend, accepted a one-year deal worth approximately $4.5 million that includes achievable incentives.

Gooden confirmed the signing on his Twitter account, posting "Dallas here I come!!!" late Saturday night.

The Gooden signing continues Dallas's re-tooling this offseason, an effort that including acquiring forward Shawn Marion and re-signing free agent point guard Jason Kidd. Gooden, who averaged 11.9 points and 7.1 rebounds last season between Chicago, Sacramento and San Antonio, was never fully healthy last season and was not much of a factor for San Antonio in the playoffs. Still, when healthy Gooden is an excellent rebounder who can score in the low post.

A power forward, Gooden will likely see minutes at center with the Mavericks. With Shaquille O'Neal moving east and Yao Ming out for the season, there are few big centers remaining in the conference.

A formal announcement could come this weekend.

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