Wizards officially secure Drew Gooden for season

Wizards officially secure Drew Gooden for season
March 18, 2014, 2:30 pm
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(Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports)

The formality of signing Drew Gooden, who had his second 10-day contract with the Wizards expire before Tuesday's game at the Sacramento Kings, is complete. The team, as CSN Washington reported was already mutually agreed upon last week, officially locked up the 6-10 big man for the rest of the season as they begin a four-game, six-day West coast trip.

Gooden is averaging 8.1 points and 4.6 rebounds in eight games with the Wizards (35-31). With Nene still out with a left knee ligament strain and Kevin Seraphin having missed seven games with right knee swelling, Gooden's presence has been a major plus. He also is 3-for-6 on three-point shots. 

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He had season-highs of 21 points and nine rebounds in a fourth-quarter comeback win vs. the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday and has reached double figures in scoring four times after being acquired as a free agent. Gooden hadn't played in an actual NBA game for more than a year after being released by the Milwaukee Bucks. 

Gooden signed his first of two 10-day contracts Feb. 26, didn't play the following night at the Toronto Raptors and didn't score in the first two games in which he played.

With the second 10-day contract complete, the Wizards had to sign him for the rest of the season to retain his rights or allow him to become a free agent.