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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