With Tyreke Evans having aggravated a sprained left ankle that has slowed him all season, the New Orleans Pelicans have gone looking for a little depth at the forward spot.
They have reportedly reached a deal to bring in Josh Childress, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.
This comes a night after a reports surfaced that the Pelicans would sign backup power forward Lou Amundson to a deal (that from Amundson’s agent).
Both of these guys could be playing soon (Amundson as early as Tuesday night). While the Pelicans have the max 15 players on their current roster the contract of Arinze Onuaku is not guaranteed and the one for Lance Thomas is guaranteed for only $15,000 (according to Mark Deeks at Sham Sports). Those two could be cut to make space for veterans.
Childress worked out for the Pelicans this summer and reportedly turned down a lucrative offer to return to Greece to play in the NBA. Not sure that was a wise move as he was not able to land a spot until now.
Last season Childress got into just 14 games (and scored 14 points) for Brooklyn. The former Stanford star is known for his athleticism, but he doesn’t really use it well — he has gotten to the free throw line four times in two seasons (48 games, 591 minutes). In addition in the last three seasons he is 6-of-43 from beyond the arc. He has a very limited role on any team at this point.
But he can provide depth on the wing and the Pelicans are apparently looking for that.
Josh Childress certainly isn’t as highly regarded as he was when he decided to leave an offer on the table from the Atlanta Hawks and instead go overseas in the summer of 2008. That doesn’t mean the swingman isn’t still coveted by NBA teams, though, because he’s apparently narrowed his options down to three teams he’s considering playing for next season.
Childress scored a total of 14 points in 14 appearances for the Brooklyn Nets last season, but Shams Charania of Real GM reports that the 6-foot-8 wing will play for either the Philadelphia 76ers, Sacramento Kings or an unknown mystery team for the league minimum next season. So don’t worry, fans of teams other than the Kings or Sixers — your team may still be in the running to sign the former Stanford star.
Childress apparently turned down a “lucrative” offer from Greek powerhouse Olympiacos to stay in the NBA this season, but one has to think he might’ve been better off heading into the sunset and making good money in Europe for the duration of his career. After all, a player that has gone just 1-for-3 from the free-throw line over the past two seasons (in 591 minutes, no less) surely isn’t using the athleticism he was once known for … and his 5-for-27 stat line from beyond the arc suggests that he isn’t getting it done while avoiding contact outside of the lane, either.
Regardless of the big-money overseas offers, injury issues and waning overall play in the NBA, though, interest from NBA teams is obviously still there for Childress. Let’s hope Childress makes the most of it, then, and is able to return to his Sixth Man Extraordinaire status of yesteryear.
The Nets won their first game of the season but lost a key player in the process. Late in the the victory over the Raptors, Wallace sprained his ankle and left the game. X-rays were negative, he still isn’t recovered enough to play in tonight’s game vs the Timberwolves:
With Josh Childress also out, Keith Bogans is expected to start in Wallace’s place.
Wallace is listed as day to day but there’s already a feeling he may miss Wednesday’s game against the Heat. Wallace, still one of the leagues best and most physical wing defenders, would be sorely missed against LeBron James should have to sit out that contest.
That said, what’s important isn’t necessarily a match up in early November — even if it’s with the defending champs — but getting Wallace healthy for a long season. The Nets are no longer looking at simply making the playoffs but to make noise once they’re there. The big picture view is what should matter here and if Wallace happens to be out through this week, the team should be able to survive just fine. Expect Joe Johnson to play more small forward and for Marshon Brooks to get more burn at shooting guard in the process.