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Drew Gooden re-signs with Wizards

Drew Gooden re-signed with the Wizards Tuesday on a one-year contract, according to multiple reports (Photo by Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)

Veteran forward Drew Gooden has re-signed with the Washington Wizards on a one-year contract, a source close to the situation confirmed. CSN Washington’s Chris Miller first reported the move.

Gooden found a home in the District during the early portion of the 2013-14 season when he moved here with his girlfriend and gained access to the Wizards’ practice facilities in an effort to stay in shape after being amnestied by the Milwaukee Bucks in July. Once Nene went down with a knee injury in February, the Wizards signed Gooden to two 10-day contracts before bringing him on for the remainder of the season. Gooden felt so comfortable during his stint with the Wizards that he didn’t even clean out his locker following the season, making his return almost a foregone conclusion.

The 12-year veteran averaged 6.8 points and 4.9 rebounds in 32 games for the Wizards last season, using his mid-range jumper and scrappy play in the paint to give Washington necessary depth during its run to the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Gooden’s signing marks yet another transaction on what’s proven to be a busy Tuesday for the Wizards. Earlier in the day, Washington acquired free-agent forward Kris Humphries in a sign-and-trade deal with Boston in exchange for part of the mid-level exception the Wizards got from Houston in the three-team, sign-and-trade that sent Trevor Ariza to the Rockets. That came shortly after the Wizards lost forward Trevor Booker to the Jazz via free agency.

Brandon Parker is a sports reporter for The Washington Post.



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