E'Twaun Moore was selected by the Boston Celtics with the 55th pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, but the former Purdue guard has apparently decided to start his career in Europe after signing in Italy.
Moore has flirted with multiple teams in Europe over the last couple of weeks, but Benetton in Treviso is the team that finally netted him. There's no mention of an NBA out clause in the team's official release, but sources have indicated to Ridiculous Upside that he will be able to return to the NBA following the lockout.
Reports said an NBA-out was important to Moore's camp if he took his talents to Europe so that he can compete for a roster spot whenever the lockout is complete.
Moore averaged 18.0 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.2 assists with the Boilermakers as a senior while earning First Team All-Big Ten honors for his heady play and all-around game.
I believe Moore is the second American draft pick to sign in Europe for the upcoming season, along with Philadelphia 76ers draftee Lavoy Allen, but it would seem nearly every second round pick should at least entertain the overseas option.
Instead of possibly missing out on crucial development during their rookie season, players can make good money and show their new team that they're able to handle the rigors of professional basketball prior to their first training camp -- and it doesn't hurt all of this is happening on somebody else's dime.
It'll be interesting to see which draftee takes his talents to Europe next. Any guesses?