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Gooden: Wait and see when it comes to trades or free agency

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Drew Gooden, one of the Bulls captains, has played through injuries and averaged 13.4 points and 8.8 rebounds per game for team in desperate need of post play.
He is in the last year of a contract which plays him $7.1 million this season. All of which may make Gooden attractive trade bait for the Bulls as the league's Feb. 19 deal deadline nears. Gooden, a former fourth overall pick of Memphis (2002) has been traded three times in what is now a seven-season career.
``I'm just going to let it play out,'' Gooden said. ``This is the team I want to be with. We'll see what happens. Unfortunately, this is a business, and I've been a victim of the business my whole career. Anything can happen. That's been my situation my whole career; always being the guy that had trade value other teams would want to have. I just can't think of that stuff. I'm just going to play for my team and try to win some games.
``This is really an attractive place. It's a great city. Great tradition here. When I got traded here, I was in awe. Being a Chicago Bull meant a lot to me. So this is going to be an attractive place [for free agents], esepcially with Derrick Rose on the blossom.''

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