http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wizards-insider/wp/2015/07/09/wizards-to-re-sign-drew-gooden-iii-to-one-year-deal-worth-3-3-million/The Washington Wizards and Drew Gooden III have agreed to a one-year deal worth $3.3 million, according to two people with knowledge of the situation.
Gooden’s return was expected and rounds out Washington’s 15-man roster, though a move could be made to create a vacancy or alter the composition. It also likely signals the anticipated end of Kevin Seraphin’s career with the Wizards. Seraphin, a backup center last season, remains an unrestricted free agent.
Gooden, 33, has found a home in the District after joining the Wizards on a 10-day contract in March 2014 to provide front-court depth. He re-signed last summer and developed into a viable stretch-four option. He shot 39 percent from behind the three-point line in 51 regular season games with career highs in makes (23) and attempts (59). His output improved in 10 playoff games to 46.2 percent (12 of 26).
Washington initially believed Gooden, a 13-year veteran, could be re-signed on a minimum deal, worth $1.499 million for a player with 10-plus years of experience, but the bloated market — and teams valuing floor-spacing big men — dictated otherwise. Gooden made $1.448 million from the Wizards last season but was also on the Milwaukee Bucks’ payroll for $6.68 million after he was amnestied in 2013. He is no longer on Milwaukee’s books.