Wizards sign Drew Gooden to a 10-day contract


Drew Gooden in 2012 when he played for the Bucks. (Evan Vucci / Associated Press)

UPDATE WEDNESDAY 12:10 P.M.

The Wizards have announced that they have signed Gooden to a 10-day contract.

“We will rely on all of our frontcourt players to step up and contribute as we go through this stretch without Nene,” Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld said in a statement released Wednesday morning. “Signing Drew gives us size, shooting ability and experience to add to that mix.”

ORIGINAL POST

The Wizards have agreed to terms with veteran big man Drew Gooden on a 10-day contract, according to two sources with knowledge of the situation.

Gooden is expected to arrive in Washington on Tuesday night and will sign a contract before practicing with the team at Verizon Center. He will then join the Wizards for their two-game road trip through Toronto and Philadelphia.

With Nene out for approximately six weeks with a sprained medial collateral ligament, the Wizards are in dire need of some front court depth. Even before Nene’s injury, the Wizards had planned to use the vacant roster spot created during the trade deadline deal for Andre Miller to sign another big man because of injury concerns regarding Kevin Seraphin and Trevor Booker.

Seraphin also missed the Wizards’ game against the Orlando Magic with a sore right knee, leaving 6-foot-11 center Marcin Gortat as the only on the player on the roster taller than 6-10.

Gooden is an 11-year veteran with career averages of 11.8 points and 7.6 rebounds but he has been unemployed ever since the Milwaukee Bucks waived him last summer by using the amnesty provision. He averaged 3.3 points and 1.9 rebounds in just 16 games last season with the Bucks.

The Wizards actually acquired Gooden four years ago in a deal with Dallas but shipped him to the Los Angeles Clippers before he ever suited up for the team. Gooden has played for nine teams since the Memphis Grizzlies drafted him fourth overall in 2002. He actually splits his time living between Orlando and Bethesda and has worked out at Verizon Center in the past.

Michael Lee is the national basketball writer for The Washington Post.
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