Josh Childress will work out for the Cavaliers and Spurs over the next two weeks, agent Chris Emens told HoopsHype.— HoopsHype (@hoopshype) August 27, 2013
Childress, now 30, hasn't really been a useful NBA player since he left the NBA for a big pay day in Greece in 2008. Before that, he was blossoming into a solid wing defender as well as efficient scorer. Upon returning to the NBA and the Phoenix Suns in 2010, Childress seemingly lost all of the momentum he had built towards becoming a great NBA role player, and was amnestied two seasons after signing five-year, $33 million contract. He played with the Brooklyn Nets last year, but was ultimately waived in December.
Right now, I don't really see where he fits on this team. Basically, he brings a lot of the same athleticism, defensive effort, and questionable shooting range that Alonzo Gee and Carrick Felix bring. I would see him as behind Dion Waiters, Gee, Earl Clark, C.J. Miles, Sergey Karasev, and Felix on the depth chart right now, with Jarrett Jack being able to steal minutes at the shooting guard spot as well.
So I don't see why the Cavs are bringing him in due to his lack of production over the past three seasons, and the new-found depth on the wings. If he can miraculously rediscover some of the skill that made him a useful role player for the Hawks in the mid-2000s, then he'd probably provide an upgrade over Gee.
I will be sincerely surprised if Childress starts the season on the Cavs' roster. But given the dearth of Cavaliers' information over the past few weeks, it'll at least be interesting to monitor his progress as he continues to work out.