Moke Hamilton, SNYNets.com
NEW YORK — After the Brooklyn Nets defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday night, the club announced that it waived Josh Childress. The entire release is below.
“The Brooklyn Nets have requested waivers on forward Josh Childress, it was announced tonight by General Manager Billy King. Childress, who signed as a free agent with Brooklyn on September 13, 2012, appeared in 14 games for the Nets, averaging 1.0 points and 1.1 rebounds in 7.1 minutes per game.”
With the cut, the Nets roster now stands at 14, which means that Billy King will have some latitude in the event that he wants to sign another player. Often though, general managers elect to keep a roster spot open on a team in order to have some additional flexibility with making trades. So an open roster spot doesn’t always get filled.
Per Howard Beck of the New York Times, Childress requested his release prior Saturday night’s game against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Apparently, Childress wasn’t happy with his role, appearing in just 14 games and playing just 7.1 minutes per contest. Childress’ contract would have become fully guaranteed on Jan. 11.
Moke Hamilton, NBA AnalystPersonally, I’ve been of the opinion that the Nets could use another shot-blocking center and it’s something I’ve mentioned earlier this season. Lopez is the only seven footer on the roster and if the Nets want to contend in the Eastern Conference, they’d probably be wise to invest in another big body. Current free agent centers include Earl Barron, Tony Battie, Chris Anderson, Dan Gadzuric and Kyrylo Fesenko.