The Brooklyn Nets will try Josh Childress at backup forward. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
The Brooklyn Nets are hoping they've found their backup small forward in Josh Childress.
Childress agreed to terms with the Nets on Tuesday, according to The New York Times.
Childress, 29, is set to sign a one-year nonguaranteed contract at the veteran’s minimum, according to two people briefed on the deal. He is essentially a training-camp invitee, but his experience and skill set makes him a virtual lock for the opening-night roster.
The Nets needed an established veteran to play behind Gerald Wallace, and Childress — the former sixth man for the Atlanta Hawks — was the best candidate left in the free agent market. Childress averaged 11.1 points a game in four seasons with the Hawks before spending two years in Greece.
Childress made headlines in 2008 when he left the Atlanta Hawks to play in Greece for a record non-NBA contract. He used his two-years overseas to study Greek and travel through Europe.
Childress returned to the NBA in 2010
, signing with Phoenix, where his play was lackluster, averaging 5 points a game in 2010-11 and 2.9 points last season. The Suns subsequently used the amnesty clause
to release him.