Childress is headed back to Greece

Josh Childress is headed back to Greece for a second season.

Former Hawks swingman Josh Childress is headed back to Greece for a second season.

 Josh Childress is going back to Greece.

  The former Hawks swingman said he is returning to Olympiakos for the 2009-10 season and will not opt out of his contract and return to the NBA.

  “I still have some unfinished business to tend to,” Childress said by phone early Tuesday morning. “I definitely have unfinished business in Greece.”

  Childress had a Wednesday deadline to notify Olympiakos of his intentions to either come back for a second season overseas or return to the NBA.

  A restricted free agent this summer, Childress said his representatives spent the past two weeks in discussions with the Hawks and several other teams about potential sign-and-trade deals that would have allowed him to return to the NBA this season, but could never get the Hawks to sign off on any of the proposed deals.

  “At the end of the day it’s a business,” Childress said. “I was in basically the same situation last summer. Again, it’s a business and you have to treat it as such.”

  Childress, 26, left for Greece last summer in a groundbreaking move for a restricted free agent of his stature. He signed a three-year, $20 million deal with Olympiakos, a deal that included an opt-out clause at the end of each season that would allow him to return to the NBA.

  The sixth pick in the 2004 NBA draft, Childress spent his first four seasons with the Hawks. He averaged 11.1 points and 5.6 rebounds 285 career games with the Hawks, including 67 games as a starter. He finished sixth in the voting for the NBA’s sixth-man award in his final season with the Hawks two years ago, the franchise’s first playoff season in decade.

  The Hawks own his NBA rights and will continue to do so, provided they extend him a qualifying offer again next summer. His status as a restricted free agent allows the Hawks to match any offers made to him by other NBA teams.

  Milwaukee and Charlotte made strong plays for Childress. He made a visit to Milwaukee the first week of the free agent negotiating period. But in the end, none of the deals worked out.

  “When I left Greece to come back [here to the U.S.], I had it in my head that was going back to Greece no mater what,” Childress said. “Then when I got home and had my feet on the ground for a couple of days, I really wanted to explore my options and see what was out there. It was 50-50 from there.”

  Now that he knows he’s going back to Greece, Childress said he can finish what he started. A sports hernia injury sidelined him for a long stretch of Olympiakos’ season. Still, he returned in time to help his team to a spot in the Euroleague Final Four and a spot in the Greek League championship series.

  “My team did well, but there’s no question, I didn’t have the year I wanted to have,” Childress said. “And with that being said, I have some serious work left to do in Athens. That was part of my decision to go back, as well.”

  It helped, he said, that Olympiakos made it clear that they wanted him back for another year.

  “They let me know as soon as the season was over that they waned me back,” he said. “With me not having the best year I could have, it says a lot about the commitment they made to me that they didn’t hesitate to let me know that. It shows me they have a lot of respect for their players.”

 

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Ariose

July 14th, 2009
3:28 am

Booooooo!!!!!!!!

Ariose

July 14th, 2009
3:29 am

I just want his charge off our cap lol.

Ariose

July 14th, 2009
3:30 am

We need:

Wilcox and Gerald Green

Wish List:

Flip(Could he be in play now that Chills won’t be in the US next season?)

Probable/Gaurenteed Returnees:

Mario West

Solomon Jones

Marvin Williams

BrittishAnger

July 14th, 2009
3:50 am

Sorry it came to this kids, but don’t say I didn’t tell ya…until Olympiakos opts out of his contract, he’ll return….until he gets that championship against Panathiniakos, he won’t be coming back anytime soon….

A Tribe Called Quest

July 14th, 2009
5:11 am

Who cares about him anymore?

He can’t guard anyone

He can’t create his own offense

His shot is ugly

He is ugly

kirkinga

July 14th, 2009
5:21 am

“When I left Greece to come back [here to the U.S.], I had it in my head that was going back to Greece no mater what,” Childress said. “Then when I got home and had my feet on the ground for a couple of days, I really wanted to explore my options and see what was out there. It was 50-50 from there.”

Wishy Washy.

Now everyone has been applauding him for going for the money. But apparently that wasn’t enough for him. Apparently he has unmet emotional needs as he wanted to be pursued, needed to feel love from some team other than the Hawks.

Apparently he was the twinkle in any team’s eye, so he comes to the conclusion that he has “unfinished business” over in Greece. What must his teammates be thinking? Not only was his play somewhat underwhelming, he then turns around and decides he can be had if some NBA team..other than the Hawks…really really wants him. Not exactly a firm commitment to his “groundbreaking” move to a second rate league.

I still sat he was just trying to see if he could stick it to the Hawks. At the end of the day, this is really all about his bitterness. I guess this will become an annual occasion….”What will Josh Do? Well see ya next Summer champ, we’re looking for players who want to be Hawks!

Same goes for Anderson. Does he want to be a Hawk or not? Time to find out and act accordingly. The pool of big men that can help the team is starting to dwindle.

Go Hawks!!

kirkinga

July 14th, 2009
5:23 am

sorry for the typos..it’s late/early.

El Bravo

July 14th, 2009
5:52 am

Josh Childress is a good player but not a starter and there lies the problem; he wants starter money. He is not big enough to be a small forward and he doesn’t shoot well enough to play the 2 so his only roll is super sub. An energy guy of the bench that can generate offense with his speed. There are many players like him in the NBA…

Ernest

July 14th, 2009
6:08 am

At least this will bring closure to any ’sign and trade’ ideas that fans have suggested involving Chillz. The Hawks can also set their attention now on signing Marvin and determining who they want as the 2nd big man off the bench (Solo or a TBD free agent). This person has to be prepared to get many DNP-CDs so we have to determine how much we are willing to pay for that along with the person being mentally prepared for it. I see 5-10 minutes/game at most for this slot.

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BRAD

July 14th, 2009
7:01 am

What the F@*k is Chills deal?!?!? They offered him a very reasonable contract last year. They would have matched any contract he got from another team, just like they did with Josh Smith. What the hell does he think he is worth?!? No team is gonna pay him anymore than the Hawks will. He talked to 2 teams!! And they didnt offer a contract!! So he goes back the Greece and obscurity?!? He will never get more money in the NBA than what the Hawks would have paid.

Melvin

July 14th, 2009
7:44 am

Oh well, I guess we get to do this dance with Chills next summer, maybe…

The Real Fan

July 14th, 2009
7:59 am

Kudo’s to Sund for not taking someone else’s trash in a sign and trade deal.
Next year.

rainman

July 14th, 2009
8:23 am

Asto thialo re gamoto, and take your inflated ego with ya. Business is business, and Sund did the right thing in not just giving away his rights. See ya next year Chilly, assuming you survive the riots & terrorist attacks.

darrell starks

July 14th, 2009
8:28 am

Sekou please lets not say his name no more he is and a$$ hole.
GO HAWKS!!!!!

darrell starks

July 14th, 2009
8:31 am

We must bring flip back now i never like chill anyway afro puff!!!!!!!!!
GO HAWKS!!!!!!!!

Sekou Smith

July 14th, 2009
8:33 am

Be cool with the foul language d starks, ha, I don’t want the blog to eat your posts. And I think this was the wise choice by both sides. Childress stands to make more overseas than can earn in the NBA. And the Hawks have to get the proper value for the asset that Childress is, rather than taking back someone and/or something of lesser value.

This is, in fact, just business.

mark

July 14th, 2009
8:46 am

Oh well I guess we are stuck with Marvin “Duck” Williams. Jarrett Jack is really signing with the Raptors for less money than what we paid Mike Bibby and he can actually play DEFENSE. WOW! Oh well, I guess Rick (who has been in the league for 30 years and haven’t won anything as a GM)Sund knows what he is doing. After all, he just wants to “CLOSE THE GAP” on the teams that finished in front of us. With a front court that has players such as Josh, Al, and Marvin we have the most UPSIDE and POTENTIAL of any team. I can see why Sekou and Mark Bradley love this Rick Sund so much. As matter of fact let’s take Jeff Schultz advise and give Rick Sund a RAISE!! These are the best DELUSIONAL sports writers in the world. They have such HIGH STANDARDS!!

GO HAWKS! (back to the playoffs where you will either be eliminated in the first or second round, but hey if you win say 3 more games in the regular season, that would make 50 and you will be an ELITE team because according to your great GM).

darrell starks

July 14th, 2009
8:49 am

My bad sekou but the guy is confused we should have sign and trade him in the first place.
GO HAWKS!!!!!!!!

darrell starks

July 14th, 2009
8:53 am

BENCH FLIP, JAMAL, MOE, WILCOX, ZAZA
RESERVE TEAGUE, SOLO
WHO NEEDS AFRO PUFF!!!!!! ANY WAY.
GO HAWKS!!!!!!

Volman

July 14th, 2009
8:53 am

Maybe Childress can buy some braces with all that extra money he’s making…

PDubATL

July 14th, 2009
8:54 am

Sekou, not to steal a future article topic from you, but do you have any word on what Marvin has been doing this offseason? In years past he’d always return to Chapel Hill to train with Tarheel staff & alums. Hopefully he’s up there again working on his 3 pt shooting (which was much improved last season).

Bank Walker, Texas Ranger

July 14th, 2009
8:55 am

Mark, I agree I think Jack would have been a good upgrade. As for Josh C, thank goodness.

SpaniardHawk

July 14th, 2009
8:56 am

Hi, news from Spain. An sport newspaper in Spain says today that Andersen will remain in Barcelona. It says that after resigning Zaza Pachulia there will be not enought minuts for Andersent in Atlanta. Tomorrow we will know.

ant banks

July 14th, 2009
8:57 am

i keep tellin’ y’all that chills didn’t want to play in atlanta anymore. he felt that woodson did him over by always startin’ marvin over him and he was peeved by sund last yr.

hawks need to just relinquish his rights and move on…

NEXT…

ant banks

July 14th, 2009
8:59 am

what implications will chills have next year? will he be a UFA or RA next yr?

Stinger

July 14th, 2009
9:03 am

Chills back in Europe is the best solution possible excluding a sign and trade where the hawks get real value in return (Hickson – great, Bowen – no thanks). Critical is that we still retain his rights in the future, think of the value as a mid to late 1st round pick in the future. Anyone who thinks Chills is a marginal or bench talent doesn’t follow bball closely, he just got stuck in the wing player log jam created by poor drafting.

Dell

July 14th, 2009
9:07 am

The Hawks UN-organization is only committed to regular season wins, not championships!

Tim

July 14th, 2009
9:17 am

Childress still? Talk about old news! People forget we had a far better season last year without this overhyped 6th man and we continue to get better. Nothing to see here.

Rufio

July 14th, 2009
9:21 am

good luck in next years FA pool…

HawkKingBibby

July 14th, 2009
9:25 am

SEKOU I didnt know the Bobcats were interested. Please, Please, Please tell me they didnt offer us DERRICK BROWN and Sund said no. Brown and Bells contract would have worked perfectly. Maybe Diop and Brown for Chills and Morris.

Officer Dangle

July 14th, 2009
9:28 am

Marvin Williams is just a taller, less accurate, Steve Kerr. Set shooter (don’t call what he does a “jump” shot) who can’t create his own shot, and instead relies on others to draw the defense and kick to him for a set shot. He’s less effective than Kerr because he doesn’t know how to move without the ball.

Anakin Joe

July 14th, 2009
9:31 am

If I may go back to the last blog… Petro or Mikki Fikki Moore? Petro is probably a little better than people think, he can make open jumpers. But he is not a banger and is more Mark Blount than Tyson Chandler. My left big toe weighs more than Moore and is probably a little smarter too. I watched him with the Celtics and he stood out like a sore-thumb. Because of his hustle and athleticism? No, because he appeared to have the lowest b-ball IQ on the team. If Wilcox or Gooden are out of our price range, surely Foyle, Magloire or Theo would be affordable. It looks like finding a quality big man for the Hawks will be like it was for the Braves to find quality relievers during many of the pennant-winning years. And in both cases, it comes down to not amking those areas priorities in the team’s budget. Instead, Sund prioritized the back-up lead guard. Just as I suggested a few days ago.. Crawford & Petro/Moore or Flip & Bass/Big Baby/Joe Smith? To me, a no brainer choice.

rainman

July 14th, 2009
9:37 am

I think Sund would like to build a championship team, but it is a very difficult thing to do. Some teams get a huge headstart when they are able to land a Shaq, Howard, or LeBron in the draft. Other teams always have an inherent advantage due to their large markets and unlimited resources. The Hawks are better off than most teams in the league, but what would have to happen for them to reach the next level.

– Bibby would have to remain steady, and Teague would have to show that he can be a star at the point.

– Nothing against big Al and Zaza, but I’m on the bandwagon clamoring for a big defensive specialist at center. As I have said before, I was hoping they would try to work a deal for Camby or Chandler — but I haven’t heard any trade rumors. These guys are on the last year of their contracts and their teams couldn’t expect too much in return.
I don’t know if the Hawks could take on that much additional salary without moving some of our current players.

– The ownership issues need to be resolved, and they need to show that they are willing to spend the bucks necessary to compete at the highest level.

– So far, so good on Sund. The jury’s still out on Woody.

doc

July 14th, 2009
9:49 am

seems again ultimately the hawks didnt want to part ways with chills as much as the other way around. two sides of the argument and street, dont see how anyone but a fool could see it otherwise. he is a commodity and an valued one and he is in a system in america that allows free enterprise for contractual employees, even within a union. obama would be proud of him is my guess rather than backing down and taking in less money to pay the government good healthy american taxes. sounds pretty american to me and something we fight for with our forces overseas to assure capitalism withstands outside pressures so we can have our way of life. in other words both sides made a decision, foolish to think otherwise or it is slave labor or communism.

mountain_jim

July 14th, 2009
9:50 am

Add one more to the chorus of how do we expect to compete with Orlando and other teams without another big giving more beef and defense at the C position? Orlando understands that, I would think anyone who watched the Hawks in the playoffs would also….

Sund? Where’s the beef?

Nookah

July 14th, 2009
9:51 am

Is Chills going to become the “Brett Favre” of the NBA? Every summer are we now going to say, “oh well, what is Chills going to do? Will he return, will he not?”

Again I say give Sund his due. He will not overpay for overvalued assets nor will he give away assets at a discount. Now that’s a prudent business man.

Go Hawks!!!

Melvin

July 14th, 2009
9:51 am

Here’s Chills reponse to a question on his Twitter page:

“Say what you want my man. Go ask your GM what happened”

Sounds to me that he was willing to comeback to the states but him and Sund didn’t see eye to eye like Sekou said…

Officer Dangle

July 14th, 2009
9:52 am

Thank you, doc, for that lucid commentary.

Melvin

July 14th, 2009
9:58 am

Things may be very interesting for Chills next summer. There will be more teams with cap space. It would be interesting to see what the Hawks would do if he receive an offer from another team. Match or let him walk? To be continue…

Nookah

July 14th, 2009
9:59 am

Did Chills and Woody have a fallout and Sund has now become the fallguy?

Is it that Woody said I don’t have a space for him so get assets for him?

Is it that the Hawks were upset about how the negotiations went last year and so there is some bad blood there, therefore the Hawks are playing hard ball?

Mr. Sund, I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt. When Chills left last year it was doubtful then that he would return, certainly to the Hawks anyway, so life goes on and we have to do what we have to do. In the words of Arthur Blank: “We have moved on”.

Go Hawks!!!

Tim

July 14th, 2009
9:59 am

Go get a life doc. You are the epitome of the world loser.

O'Brien

July 14th, 2009
10:00 am

Ant,

He will be restricted again next year, because the Hawks tendered him a QO. So we’ll be playing the same Chess game next year with Childress. It’s frustrating as a Hawks fan, because we have money tied up (for salary cap purposes) in a player that will not contribute. But I understand the business.

Now that we know Chills/Andersen are not coming over, I hope Sund signs a big man or 2 (Wilcox or Gooden).

Melvin

July 14th, 2009
10:00 am

If Cuban set his sights on Gooden or Wilcox, you can scratch there name off the Hawks wish list. B/c we know Mark dont mind spending the money. Hopefully he will go after Big Baby….

Jim Burn is Roaming

July 14th, 2009
10:13 am

Some interesting things concerning the Hawks:

1.You all loathe Michael Woodson, but do you realize with the team assembled, the Hawks could make the playoffs again this year, barring injury, thus qualifying Woodson for atleast a 3yr extension? A three year in a row playoff run, in the shadow of a 10 yr drought, would all but guarantee him a contract extentsion.

2.The Hawks are looking at another 2nd round blowout because the roster has not been strengthened to battle the likes of Cleveland, Orlando or Boston over 7 games. And if the Hawks match up with the likes of Chicago or Philly in the 1st round, they may not even get out of the 1st round.

3.The Hawks biggest chance of contending for an Eastern Conference/Finals Championship will come in 2 years. The big 3, Cleveland, Boston, and Orlando, will be much older and too financially strapped to really add to their base. Atlanta has been very fiscally responsible the past 2 years and they will get their reward in 2 yrs. The Hawks will have the room to resign Joe Johnson next year and they have resigned their key vets, so look out for Atlanta on the horizon in 2011.

Marcus

July 14th, 2009
10:15 am

Sekou,
in your blog you mention that the Hawks will continue to retain his rights, as long as they make a qualifying offer next summer. I thought I read in an earlier blog (or someones post) that next year his free agent status goes from restricted to unrestricted.

Which one is it?

Since he is no longer building up “NBA service time” are his rights similar to if we draft a Euro player who hasn’t come over to the US yet?
Otherwords, his Euroleague time doesn’t count towards NBA service time, so his a restricted FA status ad infinitum until he comes back to the NBA, either to the Hawks or as a sign/trade deal?

Anakin Joe

July 14th, 2009
10:16 am

nire, just read last night’s blog. I’ll take the blame. Pin it on me. As a penalty, I promise to not cut the 17 hairs left on my head until Chill is back in the league. Dammit, 16 hairs left on my head.

Samuel, I agree with you. I’ve seen what Kurt Thomas can do and I will take that all day long, regardless of size. So your boy Curry is down to 330 pounds, huh? I read that he forgot to bring his sneakers to a team workout. Wow!

Ariose, I figured that Acie would struggle with Nellie but he shouldn’t struggle in his third summer league.

Siler has been playing well. The Hawks better sign him immediately. And show some financial guts and send RandMo and his remaining contract to the streets. Put Siler in the “big man project” slot. And send dude to a NBDL team (with a nutritionist).

Can we afford Michael Ruffin?

mountain_jim

July 14th, 2009
10:18 am

Yeab Doc – take your political BS to another blog… I come here to get away from that crap.

I am still waiting for Sekou to report on what happened with Andersen. Perhaps one of the AJC columnists who can take sides can discuss why the Hawks keep wasting 2nd round picks on Euro players they apparently have no interest in actually paying a competitive wage to play for the Hawks. How many is that now, over there that could have been domestic pics and in camp over the last few years? Wasn’t it Millsap that was available in the 2nd on year for the Hawks, and bloggers here wanted him, but BK took….

The Truth

July 14th, 2009
10:26 am

As I stated in a previous blog. This entrepreneur first basketball player last con-artist did just as I expected. What ticks me off more then anything is how some of the Hawks Fan-base keeps sucking-up to this guy and for what? He comes back in town, feeds his ego and leaves. This move makes him a career journey-man for his entire basketball career. It seems as though he wants the Hawks to renounce his rights so he can become a free agent when his Greece contract expires. As a GM, I would do just the opposite; throw his contract in a closet and let it rot for as long as required.

Samuel

July 14th, 2009
10:32 am

Bottom line,

It was about the money. I have no problem with that but he should just call it what it is. On the radio link he said it wasn’t about the money. He said, it was about the “experiences” and meeting new cultures and BS like that.

Doc, I think Barack could school him in horse. His jumper still stinks.

Next year, it will be the same thing. It’s not like his stock will go up after playing two years against “college level” talent.

hey Chills, got one more image for you to take with ya before you go:

http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=2233759n