Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Childress weighing his options

Forward Josh Childress, who is playing for Greek pro team Olympiacos, remains a wild card for the Atlanta Hawks or another NBA team looking to add a 6-8 swingman with a knack for getting easy baskets.

Childress, who took the unusual route of playing in Europe after his fourth season with Atlanta in 2008, is averaging 14.4 points and 4.6 rebounds this season.

Childress can opt out of his contract with Olympiacos after this season but would be a restricted free agent with Atlanta. Or he can sign a qualifying offer from the Hawks for one year and become a free agent in 2011 or sign a longer deal with the Hawks if they offer one. Childress also can sign an offer sheet with another team, but Atlanta can match it. Or he can return to Greece for the final year of his contract.

He has until July 15 to let Olympiacos know his decision.

"It's going to come down to getting information quickly and weighing my options and making a quick decision," Childress said.

The 26-year-old said he wasn't leaning either way. But hypothetically, "I'd be leaning towards finishing my contract here because I signed a three-year deal," he said.

Said his agent, Jim Tanner, "Right now his focus is on doing everything he can for Olympiacos to make them as successful as possible."

Childress averaged 11.1 points and 5.6 rebounds in four seasons with Atlanta.

Atlanta has other personnel issues. Leading scorer Joe Johnson is a free agent this summer.

source : usatoday.com

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