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Nets officially announce Childress signing

09/13/2012 4:12 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro
The Brooklyn Nets made the Josh Childress signing official on Thursday, announcing via press release that the team had inked the 6-foot-9 forward. Per team policy, the terms of the contract were not released, but Howard Beck of the New York Times reported on Tuesday that the deal is a one-year, non-guaranteed contract for the veteran minimum, which for Childress is $1.07 million.

While the deal became official on Thursday, Childress himself announced the pending agreement on Tuesday on Twitter, saying: “Looking forward to the opportunity in Brooklyn. #GodisGood.”

The 29-year-old played in 34 games with the Phoenix Suns last season, averaging 2.9 points and 2.8 rebounds in 14.4 minutes per game, but the Suns decided to use the new CBA’s amnesty clause to release him from the five-year, $33.5 million deal he had signed in 2010.

The Stanford alum was the sixth overall selection by Atlanta in 2004, and owns career averages of 9.5 points and 4.9 rebounds in 27.6 minutes per game with the Hawks (2004-08) and Suns (2010-12). In between, he spent the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons in Greece, where he averaged 12.4 points and 4.7 rebounds for Olympiacos Piraeus. Childress is expected to back up Gerald Wallace at small forward for the Nets, and will be reunited with Joe Johnson, who was his teammate during his entire tenure with the Hawks.

“He thinks that he can help the team,” said Childress’s agent, Chris Emens, “and the team thinks Josh can help them. This team obviously has got one of the strongest starting fives in the East, if not the whole NBA. For them to probably achieve their potential and their long-term goals, it’s critical that they have a strong bench, as well.”

The official signing of Childress comes one day after the Nets officially inked another player they had verbally agreed to a deal with earlier in the week, Andray Blatche. The 6-foot-11 center, who spent the first seven years of his career with the Washington Wizards, was also amnestied this off-season, and according to Beck, his deal is also a one-year, non-guaranteed, veteran minimum deal worth $1.15 million.

With both in the fold, the Nets now have 15 players under contract for 2012-13.

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