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Childress officially on board

JOSH CHILDRESS Traded to the Phoenix Suns from

JOSH CHILDRESS
Traded to the Phoenix Suns from the Atlanta Hawks
The dude with the 'fro? Yeah, Childress could be one of the best signings of the offseason. Following two years in Greece, the former-Hawk comes to a system in Phoenix that is tailored to his game. He's a big guard that will thrive in an up-tempo offense. (Credit: AP)

Josh Childress is officially the newest Net.

The team announced the signing of the 6-8 forward Thursday, giving them another versatile bench player who they hope will help in a variety of ways. The Nets, whose roster now stands at 15, view Childress as a backup to starting swingman Gerald Wallace and he fills the last void that Avery Johnson and GM Billy King wanted to plug.

Childress, 29, signed a five-year, $35-million deal with the Suns in 2010 after returning from playing overseas in Greece. But things never worked out and he had a disappointing season 2011-12 season, averaging only 2.9 points and 14.4 minutes per game. He also set a NBA record for the most minutes played (491) without making a free throw.

Tags: Josh Childress , Avery Johnson , Billy King , Gerald Wallace , Suns , free agency

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