Phoenix Suns unrestricted free agent Josh Childress has reportedly caught the interest of the Washington Wizards, according to a tweet on Tuesday afternoon from Michael Lee of The Washington Post.
Childress played in only 34 games last season for the Suns before amnestied by the team in July. He scored 2.9 points and grabbed 2.8 rebounds in 14 minutes per game last season.
Despite averaging nearly 12 points and five rebounds per game in 2007-08, Childress made a move to Greece in summer 2008 to play for the Olympiacos team for two seasons. He made $6 million with the Suns last season and was owed $13 million over the next two seasons before he was cut under the Suns’ amnesty clause this summer.
If picked up for a veteran’s minimum, Childress could provide a lanky, low-cost perimeter player off the bench if the Wizards end up starting their recently acquired swingman Trevor Ariza.
One player who may follow in Childress’ footsteps is Indiana Pacers unrestricted free agent Lou Amundson, who is reportedly in talks to sign with a team in Greece. But according to Chris Tomasson of Fox Sports, it’s unlikely Amundson will go to Greece. He is instead looking at the New York Knicks or Charlotte Bobcats:
Panathinaikos has been mentioned as a possibility but the Amundson camp is wary about how Josh Childress’ game fell off after he went to play in Greece and returned to the NBA.
Amundson, who made $2.7 million last season, is looking for another salary in the ballpark of $3 million. The Knicks, under their current roster, would not be able to afford him. He averages over 10 rebounds per 36 minutes, so the team that does pick him up will get a cost-effective upgrade to their rebounding.