Moser's choice: NBA camp or big bucks overseas?

Moser's choice: NBA camp or big bucks overseas?
July 25, 2014, 4:00 pm
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BOSTON — Mike Moser's desire to play in the NBA is no different than most college basketball standouts.

But for undrafted rookies such as himself, that path isn't as clear as it is for others.

That's why in the coming weeks, the former All-American will have some tough decisions to make.

Because of his strong showing this summer with the Celtics' summer league team (he averaged 13.6 points and 4.8 rebounds per game), he has attracted interest from "multiple NBA teams" that have invited him to be part of their training camp.

Still, there are overseas opportunities to consider as well that would provide him with a six-figure payday that a training camp invite could only deliver if he were to make the team.

"We're just considering all the options right now," said Adam Pensack, who along with his brother Ben, also represents Colton Iverson whose draft rights are owned by the Celtics.

Pensack said the goal with Moser is no different than any of his other clients.

"We want to put Mike in the best position to be successful, to achieve his goal which is to play in the NBA," he said.

Moser performed well for the Celtics and seemed to at the very least position himself to fight for a roster spot.

While there's still time for Boston to shake up its roster, multiple transactions by the Celtics have made what was a long shot at Moser making the roster, even more doubtful if he were to attend Boston's training camp.

Since summer league, Boston's roster has expanded to where they now have an NBA-maximum 15 guaranteed contracts along with another three - Chris Babb, Keith Bogans and Chris Johnson - who have non-guaranteed deals for this season.

Moser had moments when his lack of size clearly hurt him defensively. But his ability to make shots from the perimeter against bigger defenders, was pleasant sight for the Celtics coaching staff.

"Mike's a little undersized for the position," Austin Ainge, Boston's director of player personnel, told CSNNE.com. "If he were a little taller or a little stronger, he'd have the prototypical power forward size for the NBA."

Although he's 6-foot-8, Moser weighs 210 pounds which is light for a power forward. And while Moser is a good rebounder who can stretch the floor from beyond 3-point range, his lack of heft led to a healthy dose of skepticism about his game translating at the next level.

Regardless of whether he's in Boston, another NBA team or overseas, Moser has a good feel for what will be best for him basketball-wise, going forward.

Finding a team with a roster that presents an opportunity for him to stick, naturally, is at the top of his NBA wish list.

"That's what it's all about, trying to find a good fit and a good opportunity where you can come in and play and be part of something really special," Moser said.