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  1. #1
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    Josh Childress weighing offer from Olympiakos

    LAS VEGAS – In a potentially stunning move that reflects the growing challenge Europe’s basketball leagues pose to the NBA, Atlanta Hawks free-agent forward Josh Childress is strongly considering a three-year, $20 million offer from Greek powerhouse Olympiakos, several league sources said Sunday night.

    Childress flew to Greece late Sunday and is scheduled to meet with Olympiakos officials on Monday. Childress, 25, is so flustered with the Hawks’ refusal to make a sign-and-trade deal to another team, one source familiar with his thinking believes there’s “better than a 50-50 chance” he’ll sign with Olympiakos.

    “Unless he just gets there and doesn’t like it at all, I think he’s going to go,” one league source said
    http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news?slu...yhoo&type=lgns

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    wow, very surprisng... and rare, for good NBA player to go overseas... good for him, he'll be a pioneer if he follows through

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    That's pretty good money for him. I don't know much at all about the European basketball scene, but it does look like if teams can offer that kind of dough, they may actually start driving up NBA salaries even beyond the already ridiculous level they're at.

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    This is a signal of attention for David Stern, the current salary cap is RIDICULOUS specially since the wolrd is on crisis and with high rates of inflation.

    if he does not inmediatley DOUBLE the cap teams will start to ahve some trouble with EUROPEAN offers.

    Of course the KObes KGs and DUncans will remain because nowdays eurloeague does not create enough income to offer 20 millions a year for a player.

    But if childress does take this step many of the european STARTERS in the Nba may consider a comeback money Wise, and some American starters who feel underpaid may start migrating too.

    And of course the rookie scale shoudl eb removed because take for example thsi eyars draft, Rose had to sign a 2 dollars million contract, what if Panathinaikos offered him 5 million EUROS ....

    Top 10 picks may anyway go on to be on the nba but think about this scenario you are pick 20 , you got chosen by the Suns, there are already 3 good players for your position, basing on rooki scale they cant offer you more than 200000 dollars , adn then someone in europe offers yu to be the STAR of their project and 1 million EUROS a year....


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    Well, idk if he would make that kind of cash over here, so good for him. Sadley i think more players will follow

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    The same thing is happening to Boki Nachbar of the Nets, and Garbajosa of the Raps, Navarro of the Grizz. If foreign teams want to overpay for bench players, thats great. I don't really care---nor should we. Its just a testament to the talent level of the NBA.

    Childress IMO is worth about 7-8 million per year. He should have gotten a full MLE offer from ATL already. Its not the NBAs fault, or David Stern's fault. Just the Hawks' cheap management.

    Raising the salary cap is NOT the answer. We have the reputation of being the best league in the world, and the best place to live...everyone knows that. Raising the cap would just make the cost of NBA entertainment more expensive for the fans.

    Stern should just work to continue to make the NBA the most marketable team in the world...thats all.

    I could see this effecting the foreign-born players a lot more and there COULD be a potential return of many of these players, especially the veterans. So what??? We were taking their best players for past several years. So what if they take some of them back.

    Basically I'm saying don't worry about it...
    Last edited by newbie; 07-21-2008 at 12:12 PM.

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    As I type this I just saw that Boki Nachbar signed with a russian team.
    Childress should do the smart thing and go overseas and get his money.
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    he should go over there, he will be a star there

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    Surprising.. He is restricted right? or does not apply because he is leaving the NBA.. if thats where he can get his money, i would do it!

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    I like Josh Childress. I like his game. He should go get his money. It won't affect the NBA for a bench player to go get paid more than he deserves in europe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by newbie View Post
    The same thing is happening to Boki Nachbar of the Nets, and Garbajosa of the Raps, Navarro of the Grizz. If foreign teams want to overpay for bench players, thats great. I don't really care---nor should we. Its just a testament to the talent level of the NBA.

    Childress IMO is worth about 7-8 million per year. He should have gotten a full MLE offer from ATL already. Its not the NBAs fault, or David Stern's fault. Just the Hawks' cheap management.

    Raising the salary cap is NOT the answer. We have the reputation of being the best league in the world, and the best place to live...everyone knows that. Raising the cap would just make the cost of NBA entertainment more expensive for the fans.

    Stern should just work to continue to make the NBA the most marketable team in the world...thats all.

    I could see this effecting the foreign-born players a lot more and there COULD be a potential return of many of these players, especially the veterans. So what??? We were taking their best players for past several years. So what if they take some of them back.

    Basically I'm saying don't worry about it...

    I have nothing to add to this but nice argument.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhillyBoomerang View Post
    Surprising.. He is restricted right? or does not apply because he is leaving the NBA.. if thats where he can get his money, i would do it!
    He is restricted, but he is allowed to sign over seas. If he ever wants to come back to the NBA, Atlanta maintains his rights. It happened with Delfino as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by newbie View Post
    The same thing is happening to Boki Nachbar of the Nets, and Garbajosa of the Raps, Navarro of the Grizz. If foreign teams want to overpay for bench players, thats great. I don't really care---nor should we. Its just a testament to the talent level of the NBA.

    Childress IMO is worth about 7-8 million per year. He should have gotten a full MLE offer from ATL already. Its not the NBAs fault, or David Stern's fault. Just the Hawks' cheap management.

    Raising the salary cap is NOT the answer. We have the reputation of being the best league in the world, and the best place to live...everyone knows that. Raising the cap would just make the cost of NBA entertainment more expensive for the fans.

    Stern should just work to continue to make the NBA the most marketable team in the world...thats all.

    I could see this effecting the foreign-born players a lot more and there COULD be a potential return of many of these players, especially the veterans. So what??? We were taking their best players for past several years. So what if they take some of them back.

    Basically I'm saying don't worry about it...
    Best league in the world for sure, but best place to live? That is as subjective a statement as you can get. I assume you are talking about the States, if you were talking about Canada you would be closer to the world wide census on best countries to live, but last time I checked wasn't it Sweden or some other Scandanavian country the best place to live? I hear it is quite nice to live in most of Europe actually.

    In regards to the rest of your argument and your assessment of the situation, I absolutely agree.

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    Anyplace is a nice place to live if you are making $20 million over 3 years.

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    damn I can't believe an European team can offer that amount. The US dollar is very weak now

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