Three weeks ago, we told you there was a good chance Josh Childress might return to the NBA next season for the simple reason that his hair nearly caught on fire (well, it could have) after drunk and moronic Greek basketball fans shot off flares INDOORS at a basketball game.
Now, the possibility of Childress leaving Greece appears stronger than ever — and Olympiakos wouldn’t mind it a bit.
Tax laws apparently are changing in Greece. The new structure would make it more difficult for Olympiakos to pay the final year of Childress’ three-year, $20 million contract and could potentially double taxes for basketball players. It’s important to note that the $20 million in Childress’ contract is net, not gross. Current generous tax laws in Greece make it the equivalent to a $32.5 million deal.
Childress has until July 15 to opt out. Hawks general manager Rick Sund already has said that he will extend a $4.8 million qualifying offer to retain his NBA rights.
Here’s the question: Where do you see Childress fitting into the Hawks’ lineup? Is he a backup plan at shooting guard if Joe Johnson leaves in free agency? Is he a replacement for Marvin Williams at small forward? Should he still be considered primarily a great sixth man in the NBA — a spot currently filled on the Hawks by Jamal Crawford?
The assumption is Sund won’t make the call on Childress until he sees what happens with Johnson. But do you see Childress as part of the Hawks next season or should the team package him in a sign-and-trade?
Meanwhile, I’m re-posting the video from the Greece basketball final. You can fast forward to the three minute mark to see a flare explode on the players’ bench. In the next shot, most of the arena’s fans were gone from the lower level. The pyrotechnics hit again at the four minute mark.
The Count is allowing this re-positing of the Greek basketball final
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