Suns Acquire Turkoglu, Childress
The Phoenix Suns have begun rebuilding their post-Amare Stoudemire team, signing former Atlanta Hawks swingman Josh Childress and trading for versatile Toronto Raptors forward Hedo Turkoglu in exchange for reliable sixth man Leandro Barbosa and forward-center Dwayne Jones.
Childress, who played the last two years in Greece after a falling out with the Hawks, agreed to a five-year contract to play with the Suns, who are rebuilding after losing Stoudemire to the New York Knicks through free agency. Childress played four seasons for the Hawks, averaging 11.1 points per game and 5.6 rebounds from 2004 to 2008. He left for Greece after failing to reach an agreement with the Hawks prior to the start of the 2008-2009 season.
Meanwhile, coach Alvin Gentry said the addition of Turkoglu, who played for the Orlando Magic before being traded to Toronto last year, fits right with the direction that the team is taking. Gentry said that the 6-foot-10 Turkish star’s versatility and ball-handling skills would give the Suns another person who can create plays for other players aside from point guard Steve Nash.
With Childress, Turkoglu, and forward Hakim Warrick, whom the Suns acquired through a sign-and-trade deal with the Chicago Bulls last week, Gentry believes Phoenix will remain competent in the tough West despite losing Stoudemire.