The Milwaukee Bucks have waived forward Drew Gooden under the amnesty provision, the team announced Tuesday evening.
Gooden, 31, had two years and 13.36 million remaining on a five-year, 32 million contract he signed with Milwaukee in 2010.
While Gooden will still get paid, the Bucks won't have the money count against the salary cap. The amnesty provision was added in the collective bargaining agreement in 2011, allowing teams to waive a player without his salary counting against the salary cap or luxury tax.
Teams were allowed to use the amnesty provision on just one player before the expiration of the current collective bargaining agreement. Gooden was Milwaukee's last chance to use the provision since he was the last player on the roster signed before the lockout.
After averaging 24.6 and 26.2 minutes per game in his first two seasons with the Bucks, Gooden's playing time dropped drastically last season. He averaged 3.3 points and 1.9 rebounds in just 9.4 minutes per game.