"Greer would have been paid $770,610 this season in Milwaukee. He will be making close to $7 million over the next two years in Greece, according to a source."Olympiacos is the club team that Charlie Bell flirted with just a couple weeks ago.
Like Bell, Greer has already played in Europe, so he knows what he’s getting himself into. After a distinguished college career at Temple, he bounced around Europe and improved his stock enough to make the Bucks. Even after realizing his NBA dream, Europe clearly tempted Greer with passionate fans, big money, and a starring role, just as it tempted Bell. The difference is this time the Bucks have actually lost a backup guard to that temptation.
Also from the Inquirer article:
"One of my concerns was that the role I had last year with Milwaukee wasn't going to change," Greer said. "The Bucks didn't give an impression it would change much, so I think this is a great opportunity for me."With a healthy team, Bell resigned, and added point guard competition in Royal Ivey and Ramon Sessions, it would have been generous to think that Greer’s role on the Bucks wouldn’t have changed much from last year.
The Bucks’ recent summer maneuvers clearly show they are trying to develop a defensive identity, particularly coming off the bench. In that regard, Ivey fits the mold better than Greer. Offense is another story, but the Bucks are perhaps rightfully less concerned about that.
This also means one less difficult cut to make for the 12-man active roster. Ramon Sessions has a better shot to make the team now, although the Bucks could still go with just Mo Williams, Ivey, and Bell as point guards.
And good luck to Greer, who I always liked. And with the money and minutes available overseas, he should enjoy his new basketball home.
Update: The Bucks actually waived Greer, though his sudden signing with Olympiacos indicates the two sides mutually agreed on the terms.