Suns Amnesty Josh Childress

July 15 2012 at 4:32pm CDT By Michael Pina

The busy Suns have amnestied Josh Childress, according to a tweet from SI.com's Sam Amick. Posting the worst scoring and rebounding averages of his career over the past two seasons, the 28-year-old will end a disappointing campaign with Phoenix with $13.68MM guaranteed over the next two years, and a $7.31MM player option for the 2014/15 season. 

In the summer of 2008, Childress famously turned down a five-year, $33MM contract offer from the Hawks in favor of a three-year deal with the Euroleague's Olympiacos Piraeus club. The decision ultimately deterred what had promise to be a productive NBA career. 

For the Suns, this move likely comes as a direct result of their decision to claim Luis Scola off the amnesty wire. It allows them more cap space to possibly go after free agent guard O.J. Mayo, a player they met with earlier this week. 

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6 thoughts on “Suns Amnesty Josh Childress

  1. I wish I could like this about 400 times. Thank god that contract is gone! Now lets sign Mayo and Redd! Go Suns!

  2. Whoa, wait a second I’m confused. You mean 2.9 points per game and 16.7% from 3 PT line is not worth $21 mil?

  3. He will go unclaimed and be an unrestricted free agent. It seems like he went overseas and forgot how to play to basketball. I expect him to end up with the Knicks, as Woodson was his former coach in Atlanta and they will use him as Landry Fields replacement. One Stanford guy replacing another.

  4. Why is the claiming of Scola a “knee-jerk reaction”? For 3.3 mil per year, it seems like a strengthening of the center position.

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