On a day when the Washington Wizards welcomed their second-round draft pick, some of their Eastern Conference competitors continued to refit their rosters.
The Wizards signed 7-foot-3 center Peter John Ramos, a 19-year-old who has played professionally in Puerto Rico since age 15. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
"Peter has great size, a good shooting touch, gets up and down the floor well," Wizards President of Basketball Operations Ernie Grunfeld said. "At 19, [Ramos] has the potential to be a very solid NBA player."
Meantime, the Cleveland Cavaliers, trying to rebound from the loss of Carlos Boozer, obtained 6-10 power forward Drew Gooden in a trade with the Orlando Magic. The Cavaliers sent 6-11 center Tony Battie and two second-round draft picks to Orlando for Gooden, rookie forward Anderson Varejao and 7-3 center Steven Hunter.
Boozer, one of the league's most promising power forwards, caused a controversy when he signed with the Utah Jazz earlier this month.
The team accused Boozer of giving assurances that he would stay in Cleveland if the team let him out of his contract.
With Boozer gone and few top-caliber free agent forwards available, the Cavaliers' front office began fishing for a trade.
Gooden, entering his second season, is also considered a player with potential even if his numbers (11.6 points and 6.5 rebounds) lag behind Boozer's 15.5 points and 11.4 rebounds.
This is the second trade this week for the Cavaliers. On Tuesday, the team traded Kevin Ollie and Kedrick Brown to the Philadelphia 76ers for point guard Eric Snow.
Orlando, which will join the Wizards in the new Southeastern Division, picked up a solid defender in Battie, who in seven seasons has averaged 1.1 blocks per game.
-- Greg Sandoval