Boston draft pick E’Twaun Moore cannot sign with the Celtics until the NBA lockout is lifted. Considering that the wait could be a long time, Moore is seriously considering an overseas move. (Boston Globe)
While some of the league’s marquee players are pondering whether to pursue chances to play overseas during the NBA lockout, Celtics second-round pick E’Twaun Moore (right, holding up #55) could also be seeking opportunities overseas.
His agent, Mark Bartelstein, said that he is talking to “a lot of teams” in hopes of landing Moore a deal this summer. Moore, the 55th overall draft pick out of Purdue, has a chance to make the Celtics’ roster when the lockout ends, but there appears to be little hope that the work stoppage won’t pour into training camp.
Depending on whether Moore could secure a contract clause to let him leave his overseas team whenever the lockout ends (similar to the one in Gilbert Brown’s German contract), this news might have very little affect on the Celtics. Or, if his contract does not contain an opt-out clause (and I have read that very few will), the Celtics will lose their second-round draft pick to a European team.
Imagine this: You dream all your life about making the NBA. You play four years at Purdue, become the school’s winningest basketball player ever, score more points than all but three players in Purdue basketball history. NBA teams underrate you, but you finally get drafted into a perfect situation—the Celtics need plenty of bench help and they’re a defensive-minded, veteran team that perfectly suits your winning edge.
You meet Doc Rivers, your new coach, and Danny Ainge, your new general manager. They explain how the organization does things, give you an introduction to the team’s schemes, and then… and then you’re on your own. You cannot make any contact with the organization and vice versa. Because you are a second-round pick, you have no guaranteed contract even once the lockout gets lifted. Your dream is stuck in between your car seat and your door, and you can see it. But it’s just out of your reach.
So you look into European options. Because, hell, delaying your dream beats being unemployed.