The Milwaukee Bucks waived veteran forward Drew Gooden on Tuesday night as the team used its amnesty provision.
The 31-year-old Gooden had two years remaining on a five-year deal that would have paid him $13.36 million. Gooden still will be paid, but that money will not count toward Milwaukee's salary cap.
The Bucks signed the 6-foot-10 Gooden to complement center Andrew Bogut for the 2010-11 season, but Gooden's year was cut short because of injury.
In his second season with the Bucks, Gooden took over the center position when Bogut was injured and averaged more than 13 points per game.
During this past season, Gooden was relegated to a backup role as the Bucks committed to youth movement. He averaged career lows of 3.3 points and 1.9 rebounds per game.
For his career, which started when he was drafted fourth overall in 2002, Gooden averaged 11.8 points and 7.6 points per game. He played for nine teams, and made the NBA Finals once, with the 2007 Cleveland Cavaliers.