Drew Gooden might have aged but he insists that he still has some good playing time in him as he dismisses NBA rumors that he would retire after this season with the Washington Wizards.
The 34-year old forward told ESPN that he has no plans of retiring just yet. Though NBA rumors are circulating that his $3.4 million contract with the Wizards might be waived to increase their salary cap going into the free agency season and with the upcoming NBA draft, Gooden is not threatened by any of it as he sees his potential playing time with either the Wizards or with other teams.
Gooden told CSN Midatlantic Wednesday that despite his movement inside the paint is being limited with his a calf strain, he does not see it a major reason for him to retire since he is still healthy and will not give in to rumors going around the league telling that he is already done with playing.
“I’m not going anywhere,” Gooden said.
Gooden was also a key factor in the Wizards back-to-back playoff runs in 2014 and 2015 as he was averaging 8.3 points and 5.2 rebounds. In the 10 playoff games last year, Gooden piled up 6.8 points with 5.5 rebounds in just 18 minutes of play.
However, in the recently concluded season, he has rarely seen minutes of play, which could be a hint that the Wizards are thinking of waiving him or to include him to a trade with other potential squads that will give him quality minutes of play.
CBS reports that Gooden’s contract with the Wizards is a two-year deal that will run through until next season. Though the contract is a non-guaranteed one, it means that the Wizards have until July 15 to decide on whether to waive him so as to avoid any cap penalties.
Gooden was originally drafted by the Memphis Grizzlies in the 2002 NBA Draft and was the 4th overall pick in the first round. Aside from the Grizzlies and Wizards, Gooden also played for other teams such as Orlando Magic, Cleveland Cavaliers, Chicago Bulls, Sacramento Kings, San Antonio Spurs, Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Clippers and Milwaukee Bucks.
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