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