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07-11-2009, 02:46 PM
Restricted free agent Josh Childress met with Milwaukee Bucks officials on Thursday for a getting-to-know-you session.

Childress and agent Jim Tanner were in Milwaukee for discussions with Bucks general manager John Hammond and other team officials.

Childress played last season with Olympiakos in Greece and has until July 15 to decide if he wants to opt out and return to the National Basketball Association. The Atlanta Hawks still hold his league rights and could match any offer made by another team.

The 26-year-old Childress left Atlanta on difficult terms last summer, however, when he signed a three-year, $20 million deal with Olympiakos. It is possible he could sign an offer sheet with another NBA team, and the Hawks would then match it and work out a sign-and-trade arrangement.

It's unclear what assets the Hawks might be seeking from Milwaukee, but Hammond acquired two expiring contracts from San Antonio (Bruce Bowen and Kurt Thomas) in last week's trade that sent Richard Jefferson to the Spurs. The Bucks also have point guard Luke Ridnour's $6.4 million expiring contract.

According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Childress was in Atlanta on Sunday to speak with Hawks officials. He indicated he would explore his NBA options before deciding whether to return to Greece for a second season.

The 6-foot-8 Childress, the sixth overall pick in the 2004 draft, might fill a Bucks need at small forward, one created with Jefferson's departure.

Childress averaged 11.8 points and 4.9 rebounds in his last NBA season, appearing in 76 regular-season games.

The former Stanford star is a native of Harbor City, Calif.

In other free agent news involving the Bucks, Ramon Sessions' agent, Jimmy "Chubby" Wells, said Thursday that 10 to 12 NBA teams have inquired about the 23-year-old point guard.

But Wells said no contract offers had been made yet to the restricted free agent.

"We've not talked numbers yet with anybody," Wells said. "The unrestricted guys will go first, and then it will get to the restricted (free agents). Once we get to that point, it will happen fast."

If free agent guard Jason Kidd does not accept their three-year offer, the New York Knicks may show an interest in Sessions, who played well against Knicks guards Chris Duhon and Nate Robinson several times last season. Sessions averaged 14.8 points and 6.8 assists in four games against New York.

The Bucks made a $1 million qualifying offer to Sessions, giving them the right to match any offers he receives.

"I talked to John Hammond, and we both want to see the process play out," Wells said. "We'll see what's out there."

The Bucks did not make a $4.6 million qualifying offer to restricted free agent forward Charlie Villanueva, giving them some salary flexibility in regard to Sessions.

"I really think they do (want to retain Sessions)," Wells said. "John has always been a straight shooter, and I think they definitely have an interest."

Sessions made $711,000 as a second-year pro last season, after being selected 56th overall in the 2007 draft.

The 6-3 native of Myrtle Beach, S.C., made a splash with a 44-point outing against Allen Iverson and Detroit in February, and he averaged 12.4 points, 5.7 assists and 3.4 rebounds in 79 games.

Plus, Sessions showed some versatility by playing both guard positions.

"He was playing for a team that wasn't at full strength due to injuries," Wells said. "I really feel he had an excellent year.

"He's working out at the gym, and he's really been focusing on his ball handling and shooting. He's a natural point guard and is working to make his shot more consistently."

Wells was aware of the comments made by the Bucks' first-round draft pick, 19-year-old Brandon Jennings, in a taped phone conversation that has received widespread play on the Web. Among the things Jennings said was that Sessions would not be back with the Bucks and Ridnour would be Jennings' backup.

"He's a young dude," Wells said of Jennings. "Maybe you chalk it up to youthful exuberance. Ramon didn't take it personally.

"You're not in high school anymore, and you've got to be careful what you say. It wasn't that bad; he (Sessions) wasn't too perturbed.

07-11-2009, 03:00 PM
that would be a good move for them

07-11-2009, 11:02 PM
good role player, but hawks can match right?

07-12-2009, 12:02 AM
Anyone ever notice how Josh Childress looks a bit like Bubbles from "The Wire".....hmmmmm


07-12-2009, 12:21 AM
so tenative bucks lineup

SG: Redd/Meeks
SF: Childress/Joe Alexander/Luc Richard Mbauh a Moute
PF:Amir Johnson/Luc Richard Mbauh a Moute
C:Andrew Bogut/Kurt Thomas

07-12-2009, 12:25 AM
hahaha the raps will snag this guy!

07-12-2009, 12:25 AM
so tenative bucks lineup

SG: Redd/Meeks
SF: Childress/Joe Alexander/Luc Richard Mbauh a Moute
PF:Amir Johnson/Luc Richard Mbauh a Moute
C:Andrew Bogut/Kurt Thomas

Good young team, could make some noise in about 2-3 years. Would be a great signing for them, they need the wing depth after trading Jefferson.

07-12-2009, 12:39 AM
somehow that bucks team looks pretty good on paper even though they just lost charlie V and RJ for nothing.

07-12-2009, 12:54 AM
your a little behind.......Childress visited the Bucks almost 2 weeks ago