Sekou Smith writes
What that means for the Hawks is that they might get a do-over with Childress, a restricted free agent again this summer as he was last summer.
Last summer they lost him as an asset when he chose to sign with Greek power Olympiakos (for $20 million post taxes). What the Hawks didn’t lose was the right of first refusal on Childress if he decided to return to the NBA this summer.
And two of my spies have made it clear that were Childress to receive any sort of “reasonable” NBA offer (the $5.6 million mid-level exception or below), the Hawks would match it before Childress finished signing his name on the offer sheet (the aim, however, is to work out a sign-and-trade deal to appease both sides since Childress has made clear his desire to play elsewhere, per a source).
There’s a deadline at play here too
Still, no player on the free agent market has more intriguing options than Childress. He has until July 15 to decide if he wants to return to the NBA (he’d have to exercise the opt-out clause in his contract with Olympiakos). So he has a window now that allows him to gauge his current value around the NBA while also holding on to the safety net that is his lucrative contract with Olympiakos.
So, we have about a week left before Childress has to make up his mind whether to return or not.
I’m not a fan of Josh Childress’ game. I don’t think he’s worth the money he’s asking for, and is likely to get … but Childress will receive a lot of attention from a lot of teams, and could very well get an MLE offer.
All signs point to Atlanta matching the offer, so he may rediscover the same problems he went through last season, and decide to go back to Greece despite interest from NBA teams.