The Denver Nuggets have agreed to a deal with forward Josh Childress, according to Michael Scotto of Basketball Insiders. Childress had been playing in the Big 3 and will be the first player to sign with a NBA team after having played in the three-on-three league.
The 34-year-old last appeared in the NBA during the 2013-14 campaign, when he played in four games with the New Orleans Pelicans. However, he did not register a single point during that brief span. Childress, who played his collegiate basketball at Stanford University, was originally selected by the Atlanta Hawks with the sixth overall pick of the 2004 NBA Draft.
He took the floor 80 times during his rookie season, making 44 starts. During that time, Childress averaged 10.1 points and six rebounds in 29.7 minutes per game while shooting 47 percent from the floor, 23.2 percent from three-point range and 82.3 percent from the free-throw line. While he had an impressive first year in the NBA, Childress never really showed much improvement. His best season came in 2006-07, when he recorded 13 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.1 steals in 36.8 minutes a night, although he only played in 55 contests due to injuries.
Childress played with the Hawks for four years before heading over to Greece for two seasons.
The Harbor City, California native then came back to the NBA in the 2010-11 campaign and caught on with the Phoenix Suns, where he played for two years and put forth very minimal production. In his superior season with the Suns, he tallied five points and 2.9 boards per game. Childress then headed east to play with the Brooklyn Nets for one season, taking the floor just 14 times. He suited up for the Pelicans the following year.