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On To The Next One: Josh Childress

In 2008, Josh Childress left the Atlanta Hawks and the United States for Olympiakos and Greece.  It was a bold move made by a player who proved he was qualified to play in the NBA, but saw the Olympiakos opportunity as a way to get paid well and experience life overseas.  His agent, Jim Tanner of Williams & Connolly (the same law firm that Lon Babby works out of), brokered a 3-year deal for Childress that was worth roughly $20 million after taxes.  Childress is probably done playing overseas, and he is also apparently done with Tanner.  Childress is now with Chris Emens of Octagon.

Even last year, Childress was considering leaving Olympiakos early.  He met with the Milwaukee Bucks, but decided to eventually return to Greece.  The Atlanta Hawks still have the right to match any offer presented to Childress this offseason.

By Darren Heitner

Darren Heitner created Sports Agent Blog as a New Year's Resolution on December 31, 2005. Originally titled, "I Want To Be A Sports Agent," the website was founded with the intention of causing Heitner to learn more about the profession that he wanted to join, meet reputable individuals in the space and force himself to stay on top of the latest news and trends.

Heitner now runs Heitner Legal, P.L.L.C., which is a law firm with many practice areas, including sports law and contract law. Heitner has represented numerous athletes and sports agents as legal counsel. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Indiana University Bloomington from 2011-2014, where he created and taught a course titled, Sport Agency Management, which included subjects ranging from NCAA regulations to athlete agent certification and the rules governing the profession. Heitner serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he teaches a Sports Law class that includes case law surrounding athlete agents and the NCAA rules.