HoopsHype Benetton Treviso rumors


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Beyond playing some professional basketball for Benetton Treviso during the NBA lockout, Celtics rookie E’Twaun Moore is especially thankful for something else - the option in a one-year, $200,000 contract that will allow a return to the Celtics once the NBA lockout ends. “I probably would have stayed here,” Moore said this afternoon of what he would have decided if agent Mark Bartlestein hadn’t been able to find a team willing to give him an escape clause. “I was real fortunate to find this situation.” Boston Herald

E’Twaun Moore, the Celtics’ second round pick last June, is about to get the best of both worlds. The Purdue guard signed a one-year contract this morning with Benetton Trevoso of Italy’s Serie A. The deal, worth approximately $200,000, includes a clause that will allow Moore to return to the Celtics if the current NBA lockout ends. Agent Mark Bartlestein finally reached agreement with the team after negotiating with four Europeam teams, including another Serie A team - Cimberio Varese. Varese, however, was unwilling to give Moore an escape clause. Boston Herald

Boston Celtics second-round draft pick E'Twaun Moore has officially signed a deal with Benetton Treviso of Italy's Lega Serie A, according to his agent. Moore's deal includes the much-coveted opt-out clause that will allow him to return stateside should the NBA lockout end during Treviso's season. 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." ESPN.com

Moore's camp expressed gratitude toward Treviso for structuring the contract in a way that will give him the chance to compete for an NBA job. "Treviso was willing to show the flexibility and realize E'Twaun's dream of playing in the NBA," Bartelstein said. "We're extremely grateful for that flexibility." ESPN.com

Benetton Treviso officially announced the signing of E'Twuan Moore from Purdue University. The guard was selected by Boston Celtics in the 2011 NBA draft with the 55th overall. Moore signed for one year with Treviso. In his senior year in NCAA, Moore averaged 18ppg, 5.1rpg and 3.2apg in 34 games. The guard will be in Treviso on August 16th of the training camp. Sportando

Italy and Serie A seem to be in the destiny of rookie E'Twuan Moore. Former Purdue standout, selected by Boston Celtics with the 55th overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft, was close to Cimberio Varese until few days ago. The two parts initially agreed to a short NBA out when the lockout will end, but Moore asked to put an NBA out to exercise even if he won't have a written proposal by Celtics, who hold his rights in NBA. Cimberio Varese did not accept the new offer made by Moore and his American agent and decided to give up on the negotiation. In the night between Tuesday and Wednesday the two parts talked again and Varese made a new proposal: an escape for 15 days when and if lockout ends. Sportando

July 22, 2011 Updates

Benetton Treviso made official the arrival of Vlad Moldoveanu. The big man born in Romania in 1988 finished his college career with American University Eagles averaging, as senior, 20.4ppg and 6.4rpg. Sportando

June 30, 2011 Updates

Hours before the NBA locked out its players on Thursday, Rockets rookie Donatas Motiejunas returned to Italy expecting to rejoin his previous team. Motiejunas said he expects to accept an offer from Benetton Treviso to resume his career there for the duration of the NBA lockout and perhaps through next season. Just a week after he joined the Rockets in a draft-night deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves, Motiejunas left Houston on Thursday to resume training in Treviso. Houston Chronicle

“I still have a contract with Benetton,” Motiejunas, the 20th player taken in the NBA Draft last week, said. “They told me if I want to leave in the middle of the season when the team that took me, Houston, wants me, they would let me go. That will be no problem. “That’s why I’m happy, and a little bit sad. The situation is very tough right now. I don’t really want to go away from the team. I’m not happy about that. That was one of the greatest things that happened in my life, that this team picked me. They really supported me. I appreciated all the fans and all the staff that was working with me. I really feel bad about what is happening right now.” Houston Chronicle

Motiejunas said he would consider remaining with Benetton throughout next season, depending on input from the Rockets. He and his representatives cannot, however, have any communication with the Rockets during the lockout. Before the lockout began, the Rockets did make their tender offer to their draft picks to maintain their NBA rights to them. Houston Chronicle

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