Sources: Wizards eye Drew Gooden

Drew Gooden has been waiting all season to get another look from an NBA team.

The Washington Wizards' loss of Nene for the next six weeks appears to have created Gooden's opening.

Sources with knowledge of the situation told ESPN.com that Gooden, 32, is "likely" to receive a 10-day deal from the Wizards to get the first crack at trying to help Washington deal with the loss of their frontcourt anchor to a sprained MCL.

Gooden has been training on his own for months to stay ready for the phone to ring after the Milwaukee Bucks released him last July via the one-time amnesty provision.

The Wizards feared they might have lost Nene for the season Sunday night when he took a shot to the left knee in Washington's 96-83 victory at Cleveland. They gratefully announced Monday, after an MRI, that the bruising Brazilian had only suffered a sprain.

Nene is averaging 14.2 points, 5.8 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game this season as part of an effective partnership up front with first-year Wizards center Marcin Gortat. Gooden appeared in just 16 games last season before the Bucks used the amnesty clause to wipe the remainder of his five-year contract worth in excess of $30 million off the books.