HoopsHype E'Twaun Moore rumors

July 27, 2011 Updates

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

The guard spot in Varese will be filled by E'Twaun Moore. The product of Purdue averaged 18ppg, 5.2rpg and 3.1apg in his senior year with Boilmakers and then was drafted by Boston Celtics with the 55th overall pick. The two parts are finalizing the deal who will be with an NBA escape but just for few days when the lockout ends. It is very unlikely that Boston Celtics will need him from the season 2011-12. Sportando

July 15, 2011 Updates

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. Boston Globe

July 7, 2011 Updates

The lockout abruptly turned JaJuan Johnson and E’Twaun Moore back into civilians last week after they barely had time to taste the Celtics life. But that doesn’t mean the two rookies now have to wait by the phone for team president Danny Ainge’s call once the padlocks are removed with a new collective bargaining agreement. The agents for both players are exploring overseas options that could find either or both in a foreign league next winter. “It’s all over the board right now, but some Euroleague teams we’ve talked to are interested,” said Mark Bartlestein, who represents Moore. “It’s a day-to-day thing. We really don’t know yet.” Boston Herald

“E’Twaun certainly could end up overseas, and we’re talking to teams. If we find the perfect opportunity for him, then maybe we will make that move.” Boston Herald

“Everything is on the table, and we’ll see what’s best for our guys,” said Kevin Bradbury, the agent who is managing Johnson on behalf of Duffy. “Nothing is in stone here, but we’re looking at everything as an opportunity. We don’t know how this whole thing is going to turn out yet. Boston Herald

June 27, 2011 Updates

Johnson went on to play at Purdue University, where he earned several accolades, including Big Ten Player of the Year, Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, Consensus First-Team All-American, and Pete Newell National Big Man of the Year, following a 20.5 point, 8.6 rebound, 2.3 block per game senior campaign. The tall, lanky kid who was almost cut from his seventh grade team had established himself as a talented big man ready to contribute in the NBA. “It’s sort of been like the ugly duckling story,” James said with a laugh. “I bet if you’d ask him, he’d still say you’d have to pinch him. This has been something he focused in on a lot in college. . . . He’s a product of hard work, great attitude, and great effort on his part.” CSNNE.com

Growing up there was no way for E’Twaun Moore to know that on June 23, 2011, he would be drafted 55th overall by the Celtics. Abe Brown, though, had a feeling the day would come when Moore would hear NBA commissioner David Stern call his name. “Like most seventh- or eighth-graders, he had his eyes wide open, just wondering what was next for him. I don’t think at that time he realized where he would be on that day," Brown, head coach of the East Chicago High School basketball team, told CSNNE.com in a telephone interview. “I don’t know about the Celtics, but I would have said he would be drafted. I could tell he was going to go places back then.” CSNNE.com

Following winning the high school title, Moore played four years of college basketball at Purdue University. He averaged 18.0 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 3.2 assists in his senior year. Among his accolades, he won the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award and became the second player from Purdue to be named All-Big Ten four times. “He has always been a leader, a stand-up kid, always on time, never had any problems out of him.” Brown said. “He always came in and played his hardest, did everything he was supposed to do and then some. He is deserving of what he got, going to the NBA.” CSNNE.com

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