A change of scenery can make a big difference. We have seen many instances of this over the years. Robert Parish was considered a troublemaker in Golden State and then went on to become a Hall of Fame player in Boston. Dennis Johnson was a troublemaker in Seattle and became the glue that held the team together in Boston. Ricky Davis was seen as a troublemaker in Cleveland only to come to Boston to be the perfect teammate. Jermaine O'Neal was seen as a bust in Portland and became a dominant player in Indiana. Darko was a non-entity in Detroit only to become a player in Orlando. And on and on.
There are instances all over the league. A player seems washed up, a troublemaker, a mistake, etc. only to become a very big part of another team, in some cases, even an All Star.
The difference can be the system or the coaching or even the players he plays along side of. Some come from a system that doesn't fit their playing style. Or the coach and the player don't get along and so the player is not given playing time or given a reputation as a malcontent. Sometimes it is just the player maturing and breaking out that coincides with the trade.
I have read many opinions on both sides of the Mikki Moore signing. The bottom line is, what he did in Sacramento has little to do with what will happen in when he comes to Boston. He will be playing with 3 sure Hall of Famers and in a system that will play to his strengths. I am excited about the signing. He will bring energy and some intensity off the bench and gives us the length we have been missing on that second unit since PJ retired.
The bottom line is that I expect Mikki Moore to fit in very nicely.