Suns swap Barbosa for Turkoglu, to sign Childress

PHOENIX, (Reuters) – The Phoenix Suns restored some firepower after losing forward Amar’e Stoudemire to free agency by agreeing trades to acquire Hedo Turkoglu and Josh Childress from the Toronto Raptors and Atlanta Hawks, reported yesterday.

Sweet-shooting Turkish forward Turkoglu, 31, was added in a swap that will send 27-year-old guard Leandro Barbosa of Brazil to Toronto.

Swing man Childress, the sixth player taken in the 2004 NBA  Draft, would join the Suns in return for a second-round draft  pick. Childress left the Hawks to play with Olympiacos in  Greece with Atlanta retaining his NBA rights.

Childress, 27, will receive a five-year, $34 million deal  from Phoenix, according to the NBA website’s report.

Phoenix had some major reshuffling to do after five-time  All-Star Stoudemire left the Suns to join the New York Knicks.

Last week the Suns added forward Hakim Warrick to their  roster after sending a 2011 second-round draft pick to the  Chicago Bulls.

Turkoglu, a key player for the Orlando Magic in their run  to the NBA Finals two seasons ago, never meshed alongside the  since-departed Chris Bosh in the Toronto attack.

He averaged 11.3 points for the Raptors last season, his  lowest output since 2003-4 when he scored 9.2 points a game for  the San Antonio Spurs.

The speedy Barbosa, highly effective in the open court  playing an up-tempo game, will try to steer the Raptors in a  new direction following their 40-42 campaign.

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