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Sacramento might be interested in re-signing Gooden, a Northern California native who has been pursued by the club several times in recent years. He's averaging 13.1 points and 8.6 rebounds, but hasn't played since Jan. 19 because of a groin injury.
Kings interim coach Kenny Natt was excited to land Gooden after they worked together in Cleveland earlier in their careers.
"We grew as a team, and it was a very similar situation to this," Natt said. "We both know what it's like to struggle. He's a versatile guy at the (power forward) spot. He can score in the post, score on the perimeter and pass the ball. He's a legitimate double-double guy."
The Kings returned from the All-Star break with a home game against Atlanta on Wednesday night.
Portland moved Diogu, an underachieving power forward, to acquire Ruffin, who hasn't played this season while recovering from a sprained left ankle and an Achilles' tendon injury. Ruffin practiced with the Bulls last week, however.
The Blazers also gained a $3 million trade exception to be used within the year.
Diogu, who joins his fourth NBA team, has barely played since the Blazers acquired him in a trade with Indiana last summer.
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