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E'Twaun Moore Signs With Italy's Benetton, Can Return To Celtics

E'Twaun Moore became the first Boston Celtics player (albeit an unsigned draft pick) to defect and sign a contract overseas due to the NBA Lockout. Moore has signed with Italy's Bennetton, located in Treviso, Italy, but has a clause in his contract that will allow him to return to the NBA if and when the lockout ends.

Over the last week, Moore had reportedly come close to signing a deal with another Italian team, Cimberio Varese, in the same league (Lega Serie A), but talks broke down over an opt-out clause that would allow him to return to the Celtics when the NBA lockout comes to an end. Moore's agent Mark Bartlestein did negotiate that opt-out clause as part of the deal with Treviso, according to multiple reports. (via WEEI)

Moore, who was drafted No. 55 overall by the Celtics in the 2011 NBA Draft, played four seasons at Purdue and averaged 18 points and 5.1 rebounds in his senior season for the Boilermakers.

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