Having played youth league and state league with Derek over a decade ago now, Swats may have mellowed a bit as a bloke but as a player he always worked hard and was very hard on himself. It's for these reasons that he played for Australia and for mine, never really got the extended minutes he probably should of during his time in the NBL. If you look at what he did in his last stint with Townsville, he was solid across the board and proved a real headache for opposing front lines.
It is a tough call to throw enormous amounts of cash at him but the reality is he is shot blocker and shot changer - something Adelaide never saw with the man who would struggle to leap a single beer coaster - Paul Rees. If you have Moore and Cooper at the 4 and 5, you now are getting your lions share of the boards, you're blocking up to 6 shots a game (and changing a further 6)and you're dunking the ball all over the place and getting the crowd going!
Bottom line, D Moore can play in Europe for big dosh. And his play in Europe has made him more professional in his approach and appreciation of the game.
You can't play forever. Derek would love nothing more than to finish his career in Australia on a successful team with a chance to show this Country what he is truly capable of. The man needs to think about his future and while money calls over-seas, he has to be smart about the decisions he makes. There is plenty to like about playing over-seas, but there is also plenty to worry about. Playing here and being close to Family and friends would be his first choice, but again, you have to think of your time AFTER the game - your retirement.
The Smyth system of run and gun and free-style ball would suit Derek a treat and his ability to shoot the ball and start fast breaks via blocked shots, deflections and big defensive boards would prove invaluable in this league.
I think that there are plenty of players in the NBL who are getting far more than what they are worth.
But at the end of the day, if you don't pay, they won't play - its that simple.
Clear the cap space - go and get Moore!
Marty Glover, Sydney, NSW.