The addition of Drew Gooden made logical sense for a Washington Wizards roster suddenly in need of big bodies. Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers sure thinks so.
Wait...Aaron Rodgers. The Wizards? Gooden...what?
On Wednesday the Super Bowl winning quarterback and Twitter stalwart commented on Washington signing the veteran power forward.
Now, as I best I can tell, Rodgers' interest in the matter has little to do with the team, but the player. Gooden's previous NBA stop came with the Milwaukee Bucks and the Packers star is legitimate NBA fan who regularly attends Milwaukee home games. He is also obsessed with the mid-range jumper and apparently fancies how Gooden operates in that often overlooked area of the court.
Rodgers, who signed a $110 million extension with the Packers, in 2013, recently discussed a desire to invest some of those dollars into a pro franchise. ESPNWisconsin transcribed portions of a radio conversation from December where Rodgers was asked if add discussed such matters with Bucks owner and former U.S. Senator Herb Kohl.
Asked if Kohl has called him, Rodgers laughed and said, “No, he hasn’t. Not yet. If he did, though, you know if I had any controlling stake, you know I’d get Drew Gooden back. You’ve got to lock down the midrange game for sure. Caron (Butler), he’s an incredible midrange player, so he’s obviously sticking around. We could get the all-midrange team."
Bad news for Rodgers: The Bucks just bought Butler out of his contract.
Good news? The Wizards are playing in Milwaukee on March 8. Whether Gooden, who signed a 10-day contract, is still with the team at that point remains to be seen.
If Rodgers somehow can have a conversation with Wizards team president Ernie Grunfeld, Gooden is good to go.