Drew Gooden hoped to spend the remainder of his summer playing for Finland in the World Cup of Basketball. That's not going to happen.
Gooden' application for dual citizenship was not completed in time to compete in the upcoming FIBA event, a source familiar with the situation confirmed to CSNwashington.com. Therefore, Gooden, whose mother is from Finland, is unable to play for the Northern European nation in the World Cup which begins Aug. 30 in Spain.
Earlier this month, CSN confirmed Gooden's desire to participate with the Finnish national team and that the Washington Wizards had given the veteran forward permission. However, according to the Finnish outlet svenska.yle.fi, Gooden was not listed on Finland's final 12-player roster. Finland opens play against Team USA on the tournament's first day.
Gooden, who turns 33 next month, re-signed with Washington this month on a one-year deal after joining the Wizards following the NBA trading deadline last season.
That leaves Brazilian big man Nene as the only Wizard playing in the World Cup. John Wall and Bradley Beal were cut from Team USA earlier this month. The Wizards did not give permission for Kevin Seraphin (knee) to play for France.
TruthAboutIt.net first reported Gooden not being listed on the Finnish roster.