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Spurs sign Drew Gooden

San Antonio signs Drew Gooden for the remainder of the season after the 6-foot-10 power forward buys out his contract in Sacramento.

March 06, 2009|Associated Press

Finally getting the additional big man they have long been seeking, the San Antonio Spurs signed Drew Gooden for the remainder of the season after the 6-foot-10 power forward bought out his contract in Sacramento this week.

Gooden has played only two games since Jan. 19 because of injuries. Spurs General Manager R.C. Buford said Gooden had not undergone a physical, but Gooden sounded confident in his health.

He did not know whether he would play in the Spurs' game today against Washington.

Gooden has averaged 13.1 points and 8.7 rebounds this season in 32 games, all but one of which came in Chicago. The Bulls traded him to the Kings in a six-player deal last month.

Smith rejoins the Cavaliers

Joe Smith officially returned Thursday to the Cleveland Cavaliers, who signed the 14-year veteran forward to a one-year contract.

Smith bought out his contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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