With Nene out 4-6 weeks, the Washington Wizards have turned to the free agent market to find a replacement. Although Trevor Booker and Kevin Seraphin will probably play the majority of the minutes in Nene’s absence, the Wizards will “likely” sign free agent Drew Gooden to a 10-day contract.
Hearing 10-day deal in Washington for Drew Gooden is "likely"
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) February 24, 2014
Gooden’s last stop in the NBA was with the Milwaukee Bucks before getting waived via the amnesty clause. He averaged about 12 points and 8 rebounds per game during his career.
Ironically enough, Gooden was traded to the Wizards in 2010, but was traded from Washington just four days later.
I don’t expect Gooden to replace Nene’s production, but he was a pretty good player a few years ago. He averaged about 14 points and 7 rebounds in 2012 with the Bucks, but he is 32 years old, so I’m not sure how much he has left in the tank. Of course, it’s only a 10-day contract, so if things don’t work out, Washington could still potentially fill the final roster spot with a different player before March 1st.
Drew Gooden’s agent, Dan Fegan, represents several Wizards players, including John Wall, so that could’ve played a part in Washington’s interest in the free agent. I honestly don’t know what to think of this move, but I guess we’ll just have to see what happens.