Free agent forward Josh Childress, who last played in the league in 2012 as a member of the Brooklyn Nets, has reportedly reached an agreement to play for the New Orleans Pelicans, according to a tweet Tuesday afternoon from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. Terms of the deal were not immediately disclosed.
Childress will provide depth for a team that's left to figure out how to deal with a lingering sprained left ankle injury to the recently acquired Tyreke Evans.
The 30-year-old former Stanford standout worked out for New Orleans this past summer and had turned down a lucrative offer to return to Greece for a chance on an NBA roster; in 2008, he signed a three-year deal with Greek Euroleague team Olympiacos Piraeus for a net income of $20 million. More recently, the Wizards had invited him to training camp this fall.
As Kurt Helin of NBC Sports points out, Childress has become somewhat of an anomaly for an NBA player, getting to the free throw line just four times over the past two seasons (48 games, 591 minutes).
Childress was selected No. 6 overall by the Atlanta Hawks in the 2004 draft. He spent four years in Atlanta, then two in Greece, two as a member of the Phoenix Suns and now will be in New Orleans after a brief stint with Brooklyn last season. In his NBA career, he has averaged 9.2 points on 52 percent shooting and 4.8 rebounds.
The Pelicans are 3-4 heading into Tuesday night's game in Los Angeles against the Lakers (3-5). If Childress doesn't suit up for the team on Tuesday, it's likely he will be with the team either on Wednesday in Utah against the Jazz or for games at home on Saturday vs. the Sixers or again against the Jazz on Nov. 20.
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