In which has already been a busy off-season for the brooklyn Nets, today the Nets added some extra depth and athleticism onto their roster today by signing forward Josh Childress to a one-year contract. Childress himself confirmed the deal with the Nets on his twitter account.
This is a non-guaranteed deal, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports and the NBC Sports Network. Which means the Nets can cut him in camp and just pay a small buyout, but if he pans out he would get the veteran minimum. Childress has a career average of 9.5 points per game, however he has never averaged more than five points per game with his most recent team, the Phoenix Suns
This is one of a couple smart gambles by the Nets on athletic players who have been amnestied by other teams. Childress was amnestied by the Suns, Andray Blatche by the Washington Wizards. What all of this means when it comes to the amnesty clause really is that other executives saw enough potential in these guys to offer these players fairly big contracts, but ones they did not live up to eventually. However, those are the kinds of guys that can potentially become steals for organizations and can have value with a minimum contract.
Childress was an up-and-coming star with the Hawks but felt he was lowballed when it came time for his first big post-rookie contract, so he jumped to Greece to play for a couple seasons. The Suns got Childress via a trade and when he returned and it seemed a good fit on paper.The Phoenix Suns thought that pairing the athletic Childress along with somebody as talented and seasoned Steve Nash would bring Childress and the Suns to a higher level potentially. However, that situation never panned out to be anything positive and it just did not work out.
For the Nets, this is another smart gamble as Childress obviously has talent and it really athletic. Add that with getting him at the bare minimum of a contract as well will be really no big loss for this Nets team if this does not work out either.