HoopsHype E'Twaun Moore rumors

July 28, 2011 Updates

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 27, 2011 Updates

E'Twuan Moore won't play for Cimberio Varese next season. The product of Purdue University asked to change some details in the contract when Varese already sent the contract to him after the agreement reached with his European agent. Sportando

The website Sportando is quoting the president of Italian professional basketball team Cimberio Varese that former Purdue standout E'Twaun Moore will play this season for his team. Selected by the Boston Celtics with the 2011 NBA draft's 55th pick, Moore and other NBA players have been unable to negotiate with their teams because of the lockout. Journal and Courier

Cecco Vescovi, president of Cimberio Varese, told Sportando that if Moore receives an offer from the Celtics once the NBA lockout ends, he will have an out clause in his contract. "The NBA escape is a bit risky for us," Vescovi told Sportando, noting that he hopes a deal will be announced officially very soon. Journal and Courier

Mark Bartelstein, E'Twaun Moore's Chicago-based agent, said Tuesday afternoon that he is in "serious negotiations" with an Italian pro-league team for the services of the former Purdue standout guard. With the NBA lockout at a standstill, Moore wants to play professionally, and it appears that Cimberio Varese, which competes in the top division of the Italian pro league, is ready to sign him. Indianapolis Star

July 25, 2011 Updates

Cimberio Varese, via its president Cecco Vescovi, confirmed the agreement with E'Twaun Moore for the season 2011-12. The product of Purdue University was selected by Boston Celtics in the 2011 NBA Draft averaged more than 18ppg as senior in NCAA. Moore will have short NBA out in the contract to exercise when the lockout ends if he gets an offer from Celtics. "The NBA escape is a bit risky for us, but the game's worth the candle" said Vescovi, president of the team. The deal is expected to be announced soon. Sportando

For now, though, the only opportunities available to rookies and free agents will be in these international markets. “I’m not confident that a deal will get done with the NBA anytime soon,” Bartelstein said of negotiations between the league and players association for a new collective bargaining agreement. “Everyone’s first choice is to play in the NBA, but who knows when that will be possible? “It’s all over the board right now,” he said of players finding opportunities internationally. “There’s younger guys getting looked at . . . but there are also veterans.” Boston Herald

July 24, 2011 Updates

The Celtics could be burned by the current NBA lockout if second-round pick E'Twaun Moore decides to accept one of the multiple offers he has from teams overseas. His agent, Mark Bartelstein, told the Globe today that Moore, chosen 55th overall in June's draft out of Purdue, is considering joining a team for the 2011-12 season. Moore is not signed to a contract by the Celtics and is not on the team's payroll. Boston Globe

A report surfaced Sunday that Moore (holding up the number 55 jersey) was close to joining Cimberio Varese, a top-division team in Italy, but Bartelstein said that was one of the offers on the table. Moore, considered primarily a shooting guard, averaged 18.2 points and 5.1 assists as a senior last year at Purdue. "We're looking at some thing right now," Bartelstein said. "We haven't made a final decision but we're certainly having conversation. I wouldn't deny that at all but we haven't made a final decision on what we're doing. We're looking at some different things. We'll make a decision if not today, the first couple of days of next week." Boston Globe

"It makes it tough, there's no question," Bartelstein said. "There's things we'd like to be able to have a conversation with Danny about because I know how highly they feel about E'Twaun. But the problem at this point we just have no confidence that the league wants to get a deal done. My job is to bring as many opportunities and options as imaginable to my clients. "Based on the way the negotiations are going with the NBA, there's just no reason to believe there's going to be a season any time soon. So E'Twaun needs to make a living and he wants to play basketball." Boston Globe

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