Report: Josh Childress joining Wizards camp

Report: Josh Childress joining Wizards camp
September 21, 2013, 7:45 pm
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The Wizards enter training camp next week with a full roster of guaranteed contracts. Others will receive camp invites, but in a practice player, in case of emergency kind of way.

At least that seemed the plan until reported on Saturday that veteran swingman Josh Childress would attend Wizards training camp.

We'll find out soon enough if true as the Wizards open camp on September 28; a team source would not confirm any non-roster invitees. If indeed the 6-foot-8 swingman comes to Washington, it would appear no other viable offers exist; the Spurs and Cavs reportedly worked him this summer after Childress played 14 games for the Nets last season before a December release.

Even though the backup guard position behind Bradley Beal is open, the Wizards have plenty of options with Martell Webster, Trevor Ariza plus rookies Otto Porter and Glen Rice Jr.

There is another thought from the purely speculative side of the aisle: The Wizards are prepping in case they make a trade.

Because of the glut at forward, imagining the team dealing one of its frontcourt options always seemed possible. That could mean Ariza, who enters the final year of his contract. That could mean one of their young bigs, though Chris Singleton's foot injury clouds that angle a smidge. 

Emeka Okafor's neck injury could have the team seeking another defensive-minded center.

At 30, Childress should be in his prime. With his perimeter length and career 52.2 shooting percentage, it would seem some NBA team with actual an open roster spot would throw him an invite. 

The sixth overall pick in the 2004 NBA Draft, Childress played four effective seasons in the NBA, averaging at least 10 points per game in each, until he made a surprise decision to play overseas starting in the 2008-09 season. He returned after a two-year absence, but his game did not. Childress has struggled to find a significant role over the last three seasons.