Drew Gooden, who has been a key during the last two postseason runs for the Wizards, will be back for at least one more after he was signed to a one-year deal, CSNwashington.com has confirmed with persons with knowledge of the situation.
At 6-10, Gooden provides the Wizards even more depth at power forward where there's an increasing need to be able to stretch to the three-point line when coach Randy Wittman goes to smaller lineups.
Gooden will get a bump in pay at $3.3 million. He played for the vet minimum of $1.4 million last season.
Gooden initially was signed late in 2012-13 when the Wizards were a sub-.500 team and his energy and scoring revitalized an otherwise pedestrian bench. He came back last season and was a non-factor for most of the first half but he worked back into the rotation and finished with a bang. Each time, the Wizards advanced to the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Gooden, 34, averaged 5.4 points, 4.4 rebounds and 39% three-point shooting in 51 games last season, but in the playoffs those numbers jumped to 8.8 points and 5.5 rebounds as he shot 46.2% from deep.
Gooden's signing brings the Wizards' roster to the maximum 15 players under contract.
UPDATE: Drew Gooden reacts to his new deal.
I want 2 thank the Leonsis Family, and the entire Wizards organization 4 giving me another opportunity to compete for a ring! DC I'm back!!!
— Drew Gooden III (@DrewGooden) July 9, 2015