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Atlanta Hawks
Hawks sign first-round picks Childress, Smith
By Associated Press
Jul 12, 2004 - 9:19:00 PM

ATLANTA (AP) -- The Atlanta Hawks said Monday they signed their two first-round draft picks -- forwards Josh Childress and Josh Smith.

Childress, the sixth overall pick in the draft last month, was an All-America last season at Stanford as a junior. The 6-foot-8 Childress averaged 15.7 points, 7.5 rebounds and led the Cardinal in blocked shots.

The 6-9 Smith, the No. 17 overall pick, played last season at Oak Hill Academy in Virginia. The suburban Atlanta native, who played at McEachern High School before transferring to Oak Hill, averaged 25.8 point, 7.4 rebounds in leading his team to a 38-0 record last season.

According to the NBA's rookie salary scale, Childress' 3-year deal will be worth about $6.7 million, while Smith's will be worth about $3.4 million.

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