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Sunday , Dec , 19 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Suns now trading Childress and Nash?

Josh Childress does not regret one bit signing this summer with the Suns, who are overloaded with wing players, even though he has been removed from the rotation.

As for his decision to play through a right index finger fracture with a splint, that is different.


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Is Josh Childress next? What about Steve Nash?

No player is safe in the cut-cost world of Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver. Sarver, who was never the most generous of owners, has had his real estate and banking empire decimated by the economic recession.

Every player is expendable -especially those with long-term and expensive contracts.

Expect the Suns to shop Childress. Since returning from Europe, the Stanford alum hasn’t distinguished himself as a regular contributor off Alvin Gentry’s bench. Then he got injured and will miss several weeks.

Team and player are disappointed. Fair enough. However, the season is barely two months old and cutting ties would seem premature.

After all, Childress is versatile, smart, and talented. Given time, he’d figure things out and become a valuable reserve and spot starter –even for a team loaded on the wing like the Suns.

Money matters for Sarver and the Suns. In fact, the bottom line is everything. So they’re looking to get Childress’ multi-year deal for mid level money off their books.

The sooner, the better.

Moving Nash would be trickier. He’s revered in Phoenix. His contract is reasonable. Trading the two-time MVP would signal to fans that Sarver has thrown in the towel.

However, Father Time will eventually catch Kid Canada. It has to. And he may not want to waste his time with a team that has zero interest in winning.

So the Suns and Nash may part. And like everything with Sarver, money will be the root of the problem.

--Oly Sandor.

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Sunday , Jul , 11 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Cavaliers picking up post LeBron pieces with Josh Childress?

The Cavaliers are considering making an offer to Josh Childress, according to sources. Childress has until July 15th to opt out of his contract with Olympiakos.


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call:
So it begins.

Dan Gilbert and the Cleveland Cavaliers now begin the monumental task of winning an NBA championship before the ‘disloyal’, ‘cowardly’, ‘narcissistic’, and `self-anointed former king` known as LeBron James.

Word is the Cavaliers are chasing Josh Childress, who is looking to cross the Atlantic and return to the NBA after two years in Europe with Greek club Olympiakos.

Obviously, Childress isn’t a superstar –or even a star. However, he’s a solid rotation player; a versatile guy who stuffs the stat-sheet, can defend a couple of positions, and has no attitude.

This would be a nice beginning, but only the start of a long rebuilding process for the Cavaliers.

--Oly Sandor.

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Friday , May , 07 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Josh Childress Uncertain about Return to NBA

This season, "I've been a lot more comfortable, and I think my play shows that. I never really changed my style of play. Mostly, I've improved a lot mentally. I've learned to let the game come to me more."

Childress has an opt-out clause in his contract that will allow him to return to the NBA this summer with no penalty or buyout. That, naturally, has led to rampant speculation in basketball-mad Greece that he'll be back in the States this fall. Greek journalists interviewed here were virtually unanimous in predicting that he will.

Thursday, Childress dealt with the inevitable questions with aplomb.

"I'll decide by July 15," he said, referring to his deadline for terminating his contract. "But right now, I have a lot to accomplish still -- this tournament, and then the rest of the season in the Greek league." 


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Tuesday , Mar , 30 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Could Josh Childress Return to NBA?

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.