PHOENIX - DECEMBER 23: Josh Childress #1 of the Phoenix Suns puts up a shot against the Miami Heat during the NBA game at US Airways Center on December 23 2010 in Phoenix Arizona. The Heat defeated the Suns 95-83. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and or using this photograph User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Former Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Childress was once considered somewhat of a pioneer for taking his talents overseas to play with Olympiacos. Now he can't understand why a player would entertain the thought of going to Europe if they already had a contract in the states.
‘No, I wouldn’t,’ he says. ‘And I don’t know why guys would. I understand that guys really want to play. But you sometimes have to look at what you have and treat this as a business. The only way I could see it making sense is if you’re a player from a particular country going back. But for an American player with a good-sized guaranteed deal here, I can’t see why you’d do it.’
We have talked about the risks associated before. A player like Deron Williams isn't likely to get a lot of static from the Nets because they have hopes of resigning him in the future. However, a player such as Childress that has a big contract and didn't exactly perform as expected last season could have a lot to lose if he ventured to Europe and suffered a major injury.