According to the team’s official press release, the Washington Wizards have signed forward Drew Gooden for the remainder of the season. Gooden was signed to a 10-day contract almost immediately after Nene became sidelined with injury.
Washington Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld announced today that the team has signed forward Drew Gooden for the remainder of the season.
Gooden is averaging over 8 points and nearly 5 rebounds per game in just 14 minutes of action. He’s coming off his best performance of the season, scoring 21 points against the Brooklyn Nets off the bench.
Wizards fans, like myself, had their doubts about Gooden, but I think it’s safe to say that he’s been a good addition. Washington added a number of veteran reserves this past offseason, and Gooden has fit right in with the rest of the team. His previous stint with the Wizards only lasted for one day after a disgruntled Gooden essentially forced his way out of the nation’s capital. Obviously, times have changed and the Wizards have completely changed their roster since then and the team has embraced his presence.
Gooden has helped stretch the floor for John Wall and his ability to knock down the outside shot has really opened up lanes for Washington’s guards. Gooden missed the vast majority of this season after getting waived via the amnesty clause by the Milwaukee Bucks last year, but he’s shown that he definitely continued to work as a free agent. Unlike a lot of older players who decide to work themselves into game shape through training camp, Gooden didn’t get that opportunity this season and still managed to stay ready. Needless to say, it’s definitely worked out for him as he’s seen an extended amount of minutes over the past few games.
Once Nene returns, Gooden will probably lose some playing time but the playoff bound Wizards could use all the depth they could get. I think everybody saw this move coming and I’m glad Gooden will be suiting up for the Wizards for the rest of the season.
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