"Things change, and friends leave. Life doesn't stop for anybody." - Stephen Chbosky
Nets fans who stayed up late were treated to breaking news from the Nets PR twitter account:
"The Brooklyn Nets have requested waivers on forward Josh Childress, Nets GM Billy King has announced."
Howard Beck reported Childress requested the move himself, realizing that he had limited options with the Nets. It's possible that Childress may have an offer in Europe. He played two years in Greece between stints with the Hawks and Suns, who amnestied him this summer with $23 million left on his deal. Euroleague teams must set their rosters in the next few weeks. Players signed after that deadline can't participate in the playoffs.
Childress averaged 1.0 points and 1.1 rebounds in 14 games with Brooklyn.
The Nets now have 14 players on their roster meaning they have an open spot to either sign a player as a free agent or take on an additional player in a trade. Their first opportunity to add a free agent starts next weekend, when teams can start to sign players to 10-day contracts next weekend. Then, on January 10, teams have to decide whether to hang on to players with non-guaranteed and partially guaranteed deals or simply drop them.
A league source told NetsDaily that the Nets have no immediate plans to fill the spot, but did note the January 10 deadline. Nate Robinson and Samardo Samuels, among others, could be available. The Nets would have had to extend Childress' contract by January 10 as well. The Nets are expected to extend Andray Blatche's contract, also non-guaranteed, prior to the deadline.
It's the first personnel move the Nets have made since the firing of Avery Johnson.