NBA free-agent forward-center Drew Gooden is expected to sign a 10-day contract with the Washington Wizards following the loss of Nene, sources told Yahoo Sports.
Nene, who was averaging 14.2 points and 5.8 rebounds, is expected to miss six weeks after being diagnosed with a sprained MCL on Monday. Gooden is expected to sign with the Wizards on Tuesday, though the 11-year NBA veteran would likely not play that night against the Orlando Magic as his first practice with Washington is scheduled for Wednesday, according to a source familiar with the circumstances. Even before Nene's injury, the Wizards had been eyeing the possibility of adding a big man since earning an open roster spot after trading Jan Vesely and Eric Maynor last Thursday.
Gooden, 32, has played with nine teams in his career averaging 11.8 points and 7.6 rebounds. The 6-foot-10, 250-pounder averaged career-lows of 3.3 points and 1.9 rebounds with the Milwaukee Bucks last season. The Bucks used the amnesty clause on July 16 on the final two years and $13.3 million remaining on Gooden's contract.