Celtics draft choice Moore looks overseas
According to his agent, Celtics second-round pick E’Twaun Moore is considering accepting one of multiple offers to play next season in Europe because of the NBA lockout.
A report from Europe yesterday indicated Moore, chosen 55th overall out of Purdue, was close to joining Cimberio Varese, a top-division team in Italy, but agent Mark Bartelstein said that was just one offer on the table. Moore, considered primarily a shooting guard, averaged 18 points and 5.1 rebounds as a senior last season.
“We’re looking at some things right now,’’ Bartelstein told the Globe yesterday. “We haven’t made a final decision, but we’re certainly having conversations. We’ll make a decision if not today, the first couple of days of [this] week.’’
Bartelstein would not say if Moore’s overseas contract would include an opt-out clause in case the lockout ends and there is a 2011-12 NBA season.
“There are many different things that are being bandied about,’’ he said.
The difficulty for the Celtics is they are not allowed to have any contact with Moore or Bartelstein during the lockout. Team president Danny Ainge can’t give his approval or disapproval to Moore heading to Europe, or offer a guaranteed contract as incentive for him to remain in the States.
“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.’’