Gooden will not have his contract picked up by the Wizards, making him an unrestricted free agent, Marc Stein of ESPN.com reports. Gooden's 2016-17 contract would have become guaranteed on Jul. 15, but with the additions of Ian Mahinmi, Jason Smith and Andrew Nicholson in the frontcourt, Gooden became expendable and will head to the open free agent market. The 34-year-old should be able to find a new home with a team in need of a veteran presence in their frontcourt, but after averaging a career-low 2.7 points per game this past season, to go along with just 2.8 rebounds over 10 minutes, Gooden likely won't be able to restore significant fantasy value moving forward.
Gooden suffered from a lingering calf injury and struggled to find playing time during the 2015-16 season, as he only saw action in 30 games. Gooden suffered a right calf injury in November that caused him to miss all of December and major portions of January. By the time he was fully healthy in February, Gooden had fallen far down Washington's depth chart. He ended the season playing in only three games since the start of March. The 34-year-old does not plan on retiring, and Washington has the option to pick up the final year of his contract. Gooden's value next season will be contingent on where he ends up.
Gooden played two minutes in Wednesday's season finale against the Hawks. Obviously there's no major news here, but it's worth noting that Gooden saw the court for only the second time since March 3. The 34-year-old's deal with the Wizards technically runs through next season, though the contract is non-guaranteed, meaning if Washington waives him before a certain date, it can avoid any major cap penalties.
Gooden was a DNP-CD Monday as the Wizards beat the Pistons 124-81. Gooden has only played five minutes in March and has not played in the last five games at all. Barring an injury or two, don't expect him to see an increased role this season.
Gooden (illness) ended up playing two minutes in Thursday's loss to the Bucks. He totaled no points (0-1 FG, 0-1 3Pt) and one foul. The Wizards were listing Gooden as questionable in advance of the contest due to an illness, but he evidently felt healthier by opening tip. Now that the Wizards are reasonably healthy in the frontcourt with Nene Hilario and Kris Humphries since making their returns from injuries, Gooden may be hard pressed to regularly surpass 10 minutes most nights.
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