Orlando Summer league standout Mike Moser will not be playing with Boston Celtics or any other team in the NBA this season. The undrafted rookie has instead elected to sign a one-year contract with Rytas, a team in Lithuania, according to a Sportando report.
The Celtics extended a training camp invitation to Moser back in July after the power forward put together an impressive showing during Orlando Summer League action.
Over five games in Florida Moser averaged 13.8 points and 4.8 rebounds per contest, playing his way into Boston’s starting lineup by the team’s third game. The former Oregon power forward shined on the offensive end of the floor, showing off some consistent range from beyond the arc during his stint in green.
Despite the training camp invite, Moser was a long shot to make the Celtics roster this season. The team’s current roster crunch consists of 20 players under contract and that doesn’t even account for the fact that Evan Turner still needs to sign officially with the team after agreeing to terms last month.
Boston’s current power forward depth chart is very crowded as well, with Kelly Olynyk, Brandon Bass, and Jared Sullinger all in line for minutes at the four.
Considering the fact the Celtics will have to cut their roster down to 15 by the end of training camp, Moser faced a very steep climb in order to make Boston’s roster. Instead of seeking out an NBA deal elsewhere, Moser decided to sign a “very lucrative” deal with Rytas according to a CSNNE report. It’s a very common practice for undrafted players to sign overseas, since there is more money and playing time waiting for them in Europe than with most NBA teams.
According to HoopsRumors, Moser’s deal does not have an NBA out, so fans won’t be able to see play in the NBA this year. Don’t be surprised though if he pops up in Summer League next year looking for another opportunity with an NBA team.