Boston Celtics second-round draft pick and former Purdue star E'Twaun Moore is close to signing with the Italian team Cimberio Varese. NBC Sports' ProBasketballTalk notes that for a first-round pick, the reward of playing overseas during the NBA Lockout might not be worth the risk - if you suffer a major injury, it could end up costing you millions of dollars. For a second-round pick, though, the calculus can be quite different.
Unsurprisingly, Moore's contract contains a clause that lets him go to the NBA if the lockout ends and the Celtics come calling.
Moore averaged 18 points and five rebounds per game at guard for Purdue in 2010-11. He was a consistent scorer all four years at Purdue, averaging in double figures each year, despite sharing the court with big man JaJuan Johnson (who was drafted in the first round by the Nets and is now also with the Celtics). Moore might or might not be athletic enough to thrive as a guard in the NBA, but with the lockout on, it might be a while before we know for sure, either way.
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