After scoring 12 points on 6-7 shooting on Wednesday night against the Utah Jazz, it looks like Drew Gooden will be getting his second 10-day contract with the Washington Wizards, according to CSN Washington.
The 6-10 forward-center, who is coming off his best game since signing a 10-day contract last week, will be retained if he accepts another 10-day deal, CSN Washington has confirmed.
As J.Michael of CSN Washington also noted, the Wizards will either have to cut ties with Drew Gooden after his second 10-day contract or sign him for the rest of the season. With Nene out for at least a few more weeks, and Kevin Seraphin sidelined with a knee injury without a timetable, I would be surprised if Gooden isn’t brought back for the rest of the season.
Like Andre Miller and Al Harrington, Gooden brings some toughness and veteran leadership to the Wizards locker room, which is much needed for a team trying to make the post-season for the first time in half a decade. Gooden’s ability to knock down the 15-foot jump shot has made him a perfect fit in Washington, especially when he’s playing along side Marcin Gortat.
Some fans have been wary of Gooden’s presence on the team, since he was previously on the Wizards for 24-hours in 2010 before essentially forcing his way out of town, but it seem like Gooden has matured since his previous stint in the nation’s capital. Gooden was a part of a Wizards team in disarray about four years ago, but he’s fit right in with the current supporting cast.
Although he hasn’t had much time to adjust to his new team, Gooden will probably stick around for a while. For a team desperately trying to make the post-season, I can’t see the downside of having a veteran like Gooden on the roster for depth.
Full highlights of Drew Gooden’s performance on Wednesday night against the Jazz: