What Happened to Josh Childress?
A promising future for a team that was looking to establish a future. Josh Childress was a slashing wing who had proven to his coaches to be a superior defender who can line up against multiple positions. He was also athletically gifted to the point where GM's were salivating at the opportunity to snatch this guy.
Apparently, Childress thought so highly of himself that when the Hawks failed to provide him with a contract he felt was 'fair market value' for his talents, he inexplicably bolted the NBA for not-so-greener-pastures of the Olympiacos in Greece, who signed him to a 3-year $20 million deal, which also came with a house and a car. The deal was actually worth $32.5 million, but net worth (after taxes, agent fees) was $20 million. The deal he turned down from the Hawks was 5 years $33 million (gross), which was far less than his Olympiacos offer.
His adjustment to the Euroleague didn't go as planned as he averaged a mere 8.8 points and 4.6 boards. He turned down the opportunity to return, citing many specific downfalls of life in the Euroleague: concerns with getting paid, difference in coaching styles, and lower standards of travel compared to the NBA. It seems as though this Stanford student failed to do his research before making a rash life decision.
But that's neither here nor there - because not only did he leave the house and car he received in Greece, he also left his game. Since then, Childress has been a sad story of a waste of talent. After the Suns foolishly signed him to a 3 year $21 million deal, they used the amnesty clause on him not long after. He was then scooped by the Brooklyn Nets on September 13, 2012 only to be waived two and a half months later.
At age 30, who realistically will give him a shot at real redemption? Sure, he'll get a minimum contract, but his game left his body Space Jam style - but Michael Jordan hasn't been able to get Childress his game back just yet.