The lockout is over and training camps have officially opened, so that means it’s time for teams to actually sign their draft picks from the 2011 NBA draft. The Boston Celtics wasted no time doing so, and earlier this week officially announced the signings of JaJuan Johnson and E’Twaun Moore to their club.
Johnson was drafted in the first round, and was the 27th overall selection. He’ll receive guaranteed money for being a first round pick. In his senior season at Purdue, JJ was, simply put, awesome. After leading the B1G in scoring and blocks, he was named Big Ten Player of the Year, Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, and was selected for the First Team All-Big Ten.
Moore was a second round pick by the C’s, and the 55th overall selection. For the last few months, E’Twaun had been playing professional basketball in Italy, hoping to stay sharp for when the NBA kicked back into action. A clause in his contract allowed him to return to the US once basketball operations resumed. Moore was also a First Team All-Big Ten member, and was a finalist for the John R. Wooden award. He’s the third highest scorer in Purdue history, and is the school leader in many other statistical categories.
Boston opens at Madison Square Garden against the Knicks at Noon on Christmas Day.
Other Boilers elsewhere in the league….
- Brian Cardinal resigned with the Dallas Mavericks for the veteran minimum. He’s also involved with donations in the Purdue University athletic department.
- Brad Miller is a member of the Timberwolves after being traded to Minnesota during the draft.
- Carl Landry remains a free agent, although many teams are expected to solicit him for his services.