Josh Childress mulls ending Greece vacation, returning to NBA

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With the looming lockout on the horizon, a lot of NBA players (and their agents) are looking at Europe and saying, “I could do that.”

But the one big NBA name already there — former Hawk Josh Childress — is thinking about coming back. Maybe the league’s best sixth man — an athletic and fun-to-watch swingman — spurned Atlanta to play for Olympiacos two seasons ago. He’ll probably stay, but told the USA Today he’d listen to offers. The problem is, the economics that caused him to leave have not changed.

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.

Atlanta did, and continued to, play hardball with Childress. Often, teams lowball players they have as a restricted free agent they like. The theory is that they can get him to sign their offer for less because other teams will not make an offer assuming it would just get matched. So the player ends up with the one low offer and nothing else of substance.

Enter Olympiacos. When he felt Atlanta was trying to lowball him Childress took off for Greece, where he earns about $6 million a year (after taxes), had his car and other living, expenses picked up by the team, and he gets to live in Athens. Not bad. But still, if you grow up in the United States you dream of playing in the NBA for the Larry O’Brien trophy, not in the Greek islands, no matter how beautiful.

Childress said he is likely to play one more year in Greece, where he is averaging 14 points per game.

But it would be good to have him back. With Joe Johnson’s future in Atlanta in question, they could use him. And his game. And his dolmades recipe.

Sixers’ Wilbekin hits game-winning three vs. Cavs (VIDEO)

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LeBron James sat out the Cavs’ preseason game against the Sixers on Thursday night, but Cleveland still held the lead for all but the final 5.4 seconds. Then, Sixers rookie Scottie Wilbekin did this:

Wilbekin, who played college ball at Florida, has a chance to earn legitimate minutes for the Sixers this season as they try to find young talent on the cheap. This is a good start.

Derrick Rose’s eye still swollen, will rejoin Bulls Monday

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Eight days ago, Derrick Rose had surgery to repair a fractured orbital bone suffered in training camp. The Bulls said he would be ready to resume basketball activities in two weeks, and in the meantime will rejoin practice soon. That part is still on schedule — head coach Fred Hoiberg says Rose will be with the team when they return to Chicago on Monday following a two-game preseason road trip, but unless the swelling in his eye dies down, it could be a little longer before he can start practicing again.

Via K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune:

It’s not ideal, but since there’s no structural damage to Rose’s face, once he’s cleared to resume practicing, it’s just a matter of getting back into game shape before he can start playing in games. The team is still optimistic he’ll be able to play opening night against the Cavaliers on October 27.