â†µâ‡¥"It's official, I just signed," Childress said by phone Wednesday morning from Athens, where he and agent Jim Tanner will be until Friday. "I think it was ... a situation where I didn't know who to expect coming in, coming over to Athens. But it's a great city and a great organization. They do whatever they can to make you feel at home." â†µâ†µNo word on what the exact number is, but it's more than the initially reported offer of $20 million for three years. In fact, it's "the most lucrative current contract in European basketball and the biggest in Euroleague history." â†µ
â†µThere's been no shortage of speculation as to what it would mean for the NBA if Childress went international, so I really don't have anything new to say. But, all analysis aside, this does feel like something momentous has gone down. To paraphrase Chris Matthews, my legs felt a little funny when I read that fateful headline. Brandon Jennings may be taking a bigger risk, but that's a short-term rebellion against the age limit; repeal that, and we'd never have a sequel to his story. â†µ
â†µChildress is going out on a limb for the future of basketball. Yeah, the money's important, but the former Hawk has to know he's making history here. Jennings will be a fleeting novelty. Childress's every move will be scrutinized by eyes on both sides of the Atlantic (and Pacific), since this experiment could have a ripple effect for years to come. Quite simply, this is right up there with Kevin Garnett's decision to go pro in 1995.â†µ
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