Drew Gooden has had a miserable season, his third and possible last with the Wizards, but the 34-year-old forward isn't going to retire, he told CSNmidatlantic.com before Wednesday's finale vs. the Atlanta Hawks.
Gooden had been limited by a calf strain but otherwise has been healthy in the second half of the season. He just can't find his way onto the court for coach Randy Wittman, who is expected to be fired no later than Friday.
"I'm not going anywhere," Gooden said with a laugh when asked about retirement.
He has averaged just 2.8 points and 2.9 rebounds in 29 appearances. He didn't play from Nov. 17 to Jan. 1 because of his calf, re-injured it and hasn't been able to show the form that sparked the Wizards into the postseason.
Gooden was key to the Wizards' playoff runs in 2014 and '15. He was acquired as a free agent as they were teetering below .500 and his acquisition helped them to a 44-win season, averaging 8.3 points and 5.2 rebounds in 22 games.
In 10 playoff games last year, Gooden contributed 6.8 points and 5.5 rebounds in 18 minutes.
The Wizards hold a team option on Gooden, who was given a two-year deal last summer with only the first fully guaranteed.