After getting traded to the Wizards, it appears Drew Gooden’s career in Washington is over before it even began. On his eighth team in eight seasons, League sources have told SI.com that he is in the process of negotiating a buyout and not interested in playing for the Wizards. While an NBA source says that if bought out, Gooden will wait the league-mandated 30 days and return to the Mavs, here are five teams that should make a play and use Gooden right now.DimeMag.com3. Toronto Raptors
I’m sorry Raptors fans, but your front court is kind of thin. Behind Chris Bosh’s 11.4 rebounds per game, their next highest guy is Andrea Bargnani at 6.2. In the thick of the playoff chase in the Eastern Conference, adding Gooden could only help their chances as they face the front lines of Cleveland, Orlando and Boston. At the very least, he brings a toughness that they lack.
Gooden would eat a lot of Evans' and Johnson's time. Who knows if Amir is even coming back at the end of the season so his development shouldn't take priority over being as competitive as possible. Evans is the type of guy who can sit for long stretches and still come in and make an impact. I think they should give Drew a call and see what happens. Even if its only a half season rental he's a good investment for the playoffs.