It’s hard to say Josh Childress has left an impact in the NBA over the last three years since returning from his stint in Greece, but there’s still plenty of interest in his services, with the Philadelphia 76ers and Sacramento Kings lining up to sign him.
Childress actually got another offer from Euroleague champions Olympiacos, the team he played for in from 2008 to 2010, making $6.7 million a season, but without taxes on the money, making it substantially more than anything he would have gotten in the NBA, as the Hawks offered him, at the time, a five-year deal worth $33 million.
A lot of water has passed under many bridges since then. Childress returned to the NBA, with his athleticism no longer carrying him through games but without any substantial fundamental addition to his game form his time in Europe. He averaged 5 points per game for the Suns in 2010-2011, 2.9 points per game in 2011-2012 and a terrible 1 point per game for the Brooklyn Nets in 14 games last season.
And yet, Childress has followers, even though everyone is pretty sure he’s not going to become the effective sixth man he was for the Hawks. He has gotten to the line only four times over the last couple of seasons (total of 48 games), but hasn’t been compensating for it with some extraordinary ability from the outside. Childress is only 6-of-43 from beyond the arc since returning to the NBA, compared to his relatively successful days with the Hawks, making 49.2% of his shots during his second season in the NBA.
Despite the money offered to him overseas, Childress wants to stay in the NBA, or at least see if he has a shot to prolong his career there. Teams are hoping that his lack of confidence with the ball and decent defensive abilities can still add to them in someway, although frankly speaking, considering the teams interested in him, he seems to be nothing more than a roster-filler at this point, without a chance of actually contributing to teams that have actual playoff aspirations next season.