HoopsHype Drew Gooden rumors

March 23, 2014 Updates

He's making up for lost time now, though, having since been signed through the rest of the season while reminding his new bosses and opponents alike that he's not done just yet. With the Wizards (35-32) on pace to make the playoffs for the first time since 2008, Gooden has averaged 19 points and eight rebounds in his past three games and 10.1 points and 5.3 rebounds in his 10 games played since coming aboard. "Since I got in the league, I've been involved in a lot of business decisions (as opposed to) basketball decisions, so this is one of the hardest ones, having to come in with my body of work and having to sign a 10-day deal," said Gooden, who is still being paid on the five-year, $32 million deal he signed with the Bucks in 2010. "I would never have thought of myself having to do that. But that was the route I had to do, and so be it." USA Today Sports

He only played 16 games last season because of injuries and the Bucks' youth movement, and the eight months between his release and joining the Wizards was more than enough time to plump up and fall out of shape. But Gooden made sure he was good to go. "You could say it was 18 months of not really being in an NBA game," Gooden said. "It was a good time off for my body to recover, but you do a lot of soul searching during that time off. You're on your own schedule, so you have to work." USA Today Sports

As for the teams that didn't sign him? Gooden won't forget which ones they were any time soon. "I've got a vendetta right now against all the other teams that overlooked me," he said. "I wanted to show them once I got an opportunity that I've got a passion and I love this game, and I wasn't going to go and leave my career like it was left last season in Milwaukee. "So I fought, I stuck with it, did some soul searching and learned a lot about myself during that time, and it ended up working out for me." USA Today Sports

March 22, 2014 Updates

After being ejected in Friday's game at the Los Angeles Lakers, Drew Gooden is facing an automatic $2,000 fine from the NBA and possibly an additional penalty after the play is reviewed by the league office. Gooden, who could be seen complaining to officials about what he though were no-calls on previous plays, was getting agitated. Jodie Meeks had struck him in the face when he grabbed a rebound, Gooden lost the ball and it gave the Lakers an extra possession. CSNWashington.com

March 21, 2014 Updates

Drew Gooden wasn’t taunting, just flaunting, when he decided to celebrate his big shots with shoulder shrugs over the past two games. His post-bucket antics have attracted some attention – both positive and negative – but Gooden said Thursday at the Wizards’ morning shootaround at Moda Center that the shrugs are more about getting himself going than showing up anybody else. “That ain’t the MJ,” Gooden said, referencing Michael Jordan’s infamous shoulder shrug in the 1992 NBA Finals. “It’s kind of like, ‘What I got to do? What else I got to do?’ ” Washington Post

March 19, 2014 Updates

That’s a combined 15 for 21, a shooting percentage of better than 71 percent. It’s the kind of thing that might make you shrug your shoulders in amused appreciation of yourself. Of course, if you keep shrugging your shoulders in amused appreciation of yourself, the opposition might notice. “Well, it kind of [annoyed me] when he did the little shrug after hitting the three,” DeMarcus Cousins said after helping Sacramento rally for the win Tuesday night, via News 10. “I mean, it was a good shot I guess, but it’s whatever.” Washington Post

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Washington Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld announced today that the team has signed forward Drew Gooden for the remainder of the season. NBA.com

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Fifteen regular season games will be left when Gooden gets a contract for the rest of the season, and he'll be eligible for the postseason roster as well. If Nene (left knee) is able to recover fully and Kevin Seraphin (right knee) doesn't have any more setbacks with swelling, that'll give Washington even greater depth in the post. Gooden reiterated that he's all-in. All president Ernie Grunfeld has to do is put the next contract on the table. And that will happen. "We'll see. I believe in loyalty. The Wizards organization gave me this opportunity," Gooden said. "Why not? Why not stay here the rest of the year?" CSNWashington.com

March 12, 2014 Updates

The Wizards (33-30) gave Gooden a nameplate last week, which hinted that he might not just be a short-term fix and could last well beyond the expiration of his second 10-day contract on March 18. According to a league source with knowledge of the situation, the Wizards intend to retain Gooden for the rest of the season. “Big, big, big pro. Hands down, guy comes in every day, works hard. He’s engaged in everything we do,” Marcin Gortat said of Gooden. “That’s what you can expect from a 12-year veteran. He gives you everything he’s got. A very good player…and a very good guy in the locker room. He’s coming and giving us a tremendous job off the bench for us.” Washington Post

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Gooden received a nameplate this week, which provided some added incentive. It also made Gooden more likely to commit to the Wizards if other teams come pursuing when his next deal expires on March 18. “You hear a lot about it’s no loyalty, but the Wizards…gave me this opportunity, why wouldn’t I stay here?” Gooden said. “It’s some point of loyalty for me to redeem myself, rejuvenate myself as a player. I don’t forget things like that and if it ever came down the line where it’s another team out there that wants me, I believe the Wizards would be my first choice.” Washington Post

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