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Report: Pelicans to sign Josh Childress to contract

Nov 12, 2013, 1:05 PM EDT

Josh Childress, Draymond Green AP

With Tyreke Evans having aggravated a sprained left ankle that has slowed him all season, the New Orleans Pelicans have gone looking for a little depth at the forward spot.

They have reportedly reached a deal to bring in Josh Childress, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

This comes a night after a reports surfaced that the Pelicans would sign backup power forward Lou Amundson to a deal (that from Amundson’s agent).

Both of these guys could be playing soon (Amundson as early as Tuesday night). While the Pelicans have the max 15 players on their current roster the contract of Arinze Onuaku is not guaranteed and the one for Lance Thomas is guaranteed for only $15,000 (according to Mark Deeks at Sham Sports). Those two could be cut to make space for veterans.

Childress worked out for the Pelicans this summer and reportedly turned down a lucrative offer to return to Greece to play in the NBA. Not sure that was a wise move as he was not able to land a spot until now.

Last season Childress got into just 14 games (and scored 14 points) for Brooklyn. The former Stanford star is known for his athleticism, but he doesn’t really use it well — he has gotten to the free throw line four times in two seasons (48 games, 591 minutes). In addition in the last three seasons he is 6-of-43 from beyond the arc. He has a very limited role on any team at this point.

But he can provide depth on the wing and the Pelicans are apparently looking for that.

  1. 3pointlegend - Nov 12, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    Josh Childress has gotten a lot of chances based on ??????????

    • 00maltliquor - Nov 12, 2013 at 1:47 PM

      What he did in ATL seemingly a decade ago…

    • bougin89 - Nov 12, 2013 at 1:50 PM

      He used to be an efficient scorer and versatile defender. That was quite a while ago tho. Not much upside to this move other than rounding out the last spot on your bench.

  2. buckshowalter - Nov 12, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    Don’t do it.

  3. mimaiheatdynasty - Nov 12, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    There was so much hype on him when he was at Sanford.

    • mimaiheatdynasty - Nov 12, 2013 at 1:54 PM


  4. muhangis - Nov 13, 2013 at 7:43 AM

    I still can’t get over the fact that they are called the “Pelicans” … What a laughable name!!!!

    Who is with me that this is perhaps the worst team moniker in all of sports?

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