Wizards bring back Drew Gooden on 1-year deal at minimum

Wizards bring back Drew Gooden on 1-year deal at minimum
July 15, 2014, 4:30 pm
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LAS VEGAS -- As promised, Drew Gooden did not try to "fix cards" to leverage a better deal with another team. The Wizards have re-signed him and will make it official as early as Tuesday night for a one-year deal at the veteran minimum at $1.448 million.

Gooden retains his Early Bird rights by staying with the Wizards and is in the final year of a $13.3 million amnesty payment from the Milwaukee Bucks.

Gooden was acquired Feb. 20 as a free agent, signed to a pair of 10-day contracts and then was retained for the rest of the season. After sitting on the bench and not playing in his first game in uniform for the Wizards, Gooden jumped in the rotation.

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Among frontline players for the Wizards, who they still have to make decisions about Kevin Seraphin and Al Harrington. 

Seraphin, a backup center was extended a one-year qualifying offer to make him restricted, but he has made it clear he wants to be in a position to play more. 

Harrington told CSN that he had to get left shoulder surgery this summer and has to rehabilitate his troublesome right knee that forced him to miss 47 games in his first season in Washington. There's a chance, according to a person with knowledge of his situation, he might wait until the season starts before finding a roster spot.

Harrington says if he plays again, he wants it to be with the Wizards but he is here helping coach the summer league team in an unofficial role.