After getting amnestied by the Milwaukee Bucks, Drew Gooden sat out the majority of the season with little interest from other teams around the league. When Nene went down with a sprained MCL, ultimately missing over two months of action, Drew Gooden was almost immediately signed by the Washington Wizards, which was a move that received much criticism around the web. Well, he quickly proved everyone wrong, including myself.
Drew Gooden averaged over 8 points, 5 rebounds and sported an above average Player Efficiency Rating (18.44). Gooden’s patented mid-range jump shot became a key contribution to Washington’s bench as he helped spark their offense on numerous occasions. The 32-year old also provided the energy and hustle that I honestly didn’t expect prior to his debut with the Wizards.
With all that said, it looks like Drew Gooden will be back in a Wizards uniform next season.
Wiz FA Drew Gooden expects to re-sign at a min deal,a source said.FA Al Harrington is one of Wiz summer league coaches & still wants to play
— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) June 30, 2014
As Mike Prada of Bullets Forever pointed out, Drew Gooden is still getting amnesty checks from the Milwaukee Bucks and getting a contract worth more than the vet minimum from the Wizards wasn’t a priority for him.
On top of giving the Wizards some much needed front court depth, Drew Gooden will give the Wizards locker room leadership and maturity, which certainly helped him get another shot with the Wizards. After playing so well in his return, Drew Gooden was almost certainly going to get interest from other teams around the league, but decided to return to Washington.
It’s not official yet, but it looks like Drew Gooden will be back in Washington.