Josh Childress on his way back to the NBA
After spending two years in Greece, it looks like small forward Josh Childress will head back to the U.S. as the Phoenix Suns' front-office announced that the 6-8 wing player will play in Arizona in the upcoming NBA campaign. More specifically, the Atlanta Hawks agreed to a sign-and-trade deal that will send Childress to Phoenix in exchange for a 2012 second round pick.
Given the fact that the Suns recently lost franchise cornerstone Amar'e Stoudemire to the New York Knicks in free agency, the team is evidently looking for some more scoring to fill the hole left by Amare's departure. Similarly, former 'Sixth man of the year' Leandro Barbosa was shipped to Toronto last week, subsquently leading to an urgent need for a spark off the bench. In this context, Josh Childress appears to be a solid pickup as he is primarily known as a hustle player who does not need any set plays called for him to find the basket. Before going to Europe, the guard-forward from Stanford spent four years with the Atlanta Hawks averaging 11.1 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.0 steals in 31 minutes per contest.
Considering that Phoenix also acquired point forward Hedo Turkoglu and Hakim Warrick, coach Alvin Gentry is left with an interesting mix of options heading into 2010-11. On one hand, adding Turkoglu to the mix could mean that Grant Hill moves to the bench and Warrick starts as power forward. Thus, Robin Lopez or Channing Frye would be the starting center where as former MVP Steve Nash and sharp shooter Jason Richardson would form Phoenix' back-court. However, Gentry could also try to play Hedo Turkoglu at the 4 while Grant Hill remains the starting small forward with Josh Childress backing him up. Ultimately, the Suns might have to go through some trial-and-error to figure out what works best and adjust their lineup depending on defensive matchups on a given night. After all, Turkoglu will certainly be able to put pressure on opposing power forwards but will most likely struggle at the other end of the floor.
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Tags: Josh Childress, Leandro Barbosa, Hedo Turkoglu, Steve Nash, NBA live
Posted: 17th August 2010
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