Thursday, July 28, 2011
E'Twaun Moore, Coming To An Italian Basketball Court Near You
Well it's finally happened. One of the Boston Celtics has committed to playing overseas during the NBA lockout.
Haha but fear not folks since it's not Rajon Rondo or any of the Big 3 taking their talents to Europe. Rather, it's rookie guard E'Twaun Moore, who probably has a much better chance of building a respectable career in Italy than bouncing around between the NBA and D-League stateside.
The deal that he signed with Benetton Treviso, a team in Italy's Lega Serie A, has an opt-out clause that would allow him to return to the Celts should the lockout end during his time abroad.
A young man's gotta eat and make a living so I applaud him (or his agent) for having the ingenuity to pack up and get out of town since the NBA appears nowhere close to a settlement.
From ESPNBoston.com's Chris Forsberg
"It's a great situation for E'Twaun," Moore's agent, Mark Bartelstein, said. "Treviso is a terrific team that plays top European competition and, if the lockout ends, there's an option to terminate the contract -- a small window of time -- so we'll just see what happens.
"It's an exciting chance for him to play -- play at a high level -- and make some money in a great environment."
The former Purdue star is expected to go to Italy by Aug. 15, before the team starts training camp for its 2011-12 season. In a perfect world, he'll play well and the NBA will get back to business on schedule. However, as everyone should know by now this world is far from perfect so likely one or both of those things won't happen.