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12 months ago: FILE -- This is a May 1, 2009 file photo showing Josh Childress, of Olympiacos Piraeus grabbing the ball during a Euroleague Basketball Final Four semifinal match against Panatinaikos Athens, in Berlin, Germany. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, File)
Paul Coro has even better info!
Childress: 5 yr, 30-34 million. Sweet deal!!
I was just trolling the net and saw THIS on ESPN:
I have said recently I've got an unhealthy obsession with this guy. He's a SG/SF at 6'7" who can defend and score and is a VERY good player. He's been overseas the last few years because he didn't want to re-sign the Hawks.
As far as contract, it would HAVE to be a sign-and-trade, using some of the 12.5 mil TPE from Amare. Hawks just overpaid Joe Johnson, so may be willing to give him to the Suns for very little going back. If they want assets, LB would be a good fit. They need PG help, with Bibby dying a slow death over there.
I think this would be a VERY good signing. Probably 8 mil a year. But this guy is a good fit.
UPDATE: Added more on Josh Childress. Very good stuff.
Draft Express write-up:
May 6, 2008
Overview:A long, lanky swingman with a solid all-around skill set. Does not excel in any one particular aspect of the game. Possesses solid athleticism, but his great work-ethic and feel for the game makes this less conspicuous. Has put on some weight since coming into the League. Remains very skinny, which makes him a bit injury prone. Owns a huge wingspan. Displays high-character off the floor, something that became very clear during his collegiate career with the Stanford Cardinals. Won the PAC 10 Player of the Year Award in 2004. Inability to add significant bulk has limited his durability and effectiveness around the rim. Versatility, smarts and finesse make him a valuable asset. Is a restricted free agent this offseason, and should find a number of suitors around the League.
Offense:Has a very smooth offensive game, but is the owner of one of the League’s most awkward jump shots. Displays a major hitch in his jumper and releases it with minimal elevation. Knocks it down consistently enough not to not have to fix it. Scores efficiently, which is the result of great shot selection. Shows a deceptive first-step. Is able to attack the rim off the dribble, and sets his man up by moving well off the ball. Isn’t the most efficient finisher due to his lack of vertical explosiveness. Does a good job of using his length and crafty footwork to beat defenders to the rim or get to the line. Doesn’t pull up off the dribble very often, since he connects with those kinds of shots at a pedestrian rate. Shows range out to three-point range, but his form gives him a very small margin for error, which is represented in his three-point percentage. Finds his offense in transition situations and drives off the dribble, both of which embody his desire to run the floor and his capacity to handle the ball well. Has good court vision, passing ability, and decision-making skills. Doesn’t play all that much point-forward sinceJoe Johnsonfills that role. Won’t light up the scoreboard, but is a consistent contributor that gets his baskets in the flow of the offense. Provides a steadying presence on the floor in Atlanta, despite his age, and is a valuable asset in half-court sets.
Defense:Atlanta’s most fundamentally sound defender. Doesn’t have ideal foot-speed, but has tremendous defensive intangibles and a great wingspan. Reads ball-handlers extremely well, and creates turnovers by getting into passing lanes. Length and effort make him a very good perimeter defender. Lacks the bulk to defend strong players in the post, but makes an effort to deny entry passes by working hard to take away angles. Gets beat off the dribble periodically, but doesn’t give up anything easy at the rim. Does a good job of rotating with the ball. Isn’t reckless when closing out his man off of skip passes. Still manages to block a few shots due in large part to his long arms and good timing. Has great timing and knows how to get his team extra possessions.
Blogging Through the Euroleague Final Four
May 2, 2009
The most high profile American player in Europe,Josh Childress, fared pretty well in his first ever Euroleague Final Four, posting 11 points, 4 rebounds, 3 steals and 2 turnovers in 28 minutes. He was hampered somewhat by foul trouble, which he was very visibly frustrated by, both during the game and afterwards in the locker room:
“I feel like a rookie sometimes here, or a freshman in college,” Childress told us. “I never get any calls. It is what it is. I can’t be mad about it. I guess it could be more even.”
Despite the foul trouble, Childress was a major contributor in this contest, doing an excellent job being aggressive with the ball both in the half-court and in transition, notably standing out with his excellent athleticism, but clearly playing within himself and looking very intelligent and unselfish. Defensively, he guarded multiple positions, and did an especially good job on combo guardVassilis Spanoulis, helping slow him down after a very hot start. He had one especially impressive putback slam off an offensive rebound with about four minutes to go, and managed to get a hand on a last-second desperation tip-back that would have sent the game to overtime, but unfortunately rimmed out. “I hit it a little too hard” Childress lamented.
Childress knew exactly what question was coming next, and was ready to answer it by the time the third word came out of my mouth.
“I don’t know what I will be doing this summer. It’s too early to decide.”
When asked what factors will play into his decision regarding whether or not to opt out of his contract and return to the NBA, a very solemn looking Childress offered few specifics.
“It will come down to personal feel. How I feel at the time.”
Regarding how much financial considerations will help decide that, Childress didn’t think they would be the main one:
“Money isn’t everything. I’m going to make a good living regardless. It will come down to personal preference. Money is money—it’s cool, but it’s not why I live my life.”