Toronto's lack of depth in the front court has been discussed to death since the off-season got rolling. After balking at the Thunder's demanded package to swing a deal for Serge Ibaka, and with most of the free agent pool drained of talent, the Raptors are reportedly setting their sites on something quiet and utterly unspectacular.
Per The Undefeated's Marc Spears, the Raptors have expressed interest in a certain old, pseudo-stretch four: former Wizard Drew Gooden.
NBA free agent forward-center Drew Gooden has received inquiries from New York, Toronto, Lakers & Clippers, source said.— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpearsESPN) July 7, 2016
Kudos to Gooden. The 34-year-old has managed to extend his NBA career by developing some semblance of a three-point shot after never displaying much range through his first decade in the league. In 2014-15, Gooden pieced together a decent season as a deep-bench contributor for Washington, posting 5.4 points and 4.4 rebounds while hitting 39 percent of his threes (23-of-59) over 51 games.
This past season he hardly touched the floor for the Wiz, playing just 305 minutes in total over 30 reserve appearances while adding very little production in the process.
Resisting the urge to cringe at the sight of Gooden's name being mentioned in relation the Raptors is difficult at first, but when you consider that the power forward spot should mostly be the domain of Patrick Patterson and DeMarre Carroll (in small units) this season, you could come up with worse options to soak up 10 minutes against opposing backups.
What do you think of the latest riveting Raptors off-season rumour?