KCC caught Choi Jun-yong, LG reinforced Yang Hong-seok, SK aiming for a ‘win now’ with Oh Se-geun

Fans waiting for the 2023-2024 season of professional basketball are already increasing. This is because in this FA (free agent) market, big fish players moved several teams and foreshadowed an interesting competitive landscape.안전놀이터

The power reinforcement of Jeonju KCC and Changwon LG stands out. KCC recruited Choi Jun-yong (200cm) from Seoul SK on the 21st. His contract period is 5 years, and the total remuneration for his first season is 600 million won (annual salary of 420 million won, incentives of 180 million won).

Choi Jun-yong increased his stock price by being selected as the MVP (Most Valuable Player) of the 2021-2022 season championship. His total remuneration, which was 210 million won, rose to 550 million won. During the recent FA negotiations with SK, it is known that the amount of compensation he hoped for was the level of Kim Seon-hyeong (800 million won), a teammate who is currently receiving the highest treatment in the KBL (Korean Basketball League). SK evaluated the value of Choi Jun-yong, who had a lot of injuries, at around 600 million won. Negotiations were bound to be difficult.

SK judged that it would be difficult to catch Choi Jun-yong, and after negotiations with Oh Se-geun (200 cm) from Anyang KGC Ginseng Corporation, an agreement was reached (3 years, 750 million won in the first year). Oh Se-geun, who was the MVP of the 2023 Championship, is a sure card in SK’s ‘Win Now’ strategy.

Choi Jun-yong’s choice was KCC. KCC caught Heo Woong and Lee Seung-hyun at the same time in the transfer market ahead of last season. Each received a huge amount of 750 million won. In addition, he embraced Choi Jun-yong and once again played the role of a ‘big hand’ in the FA market. KCC must also compensate SK according to FA regulations. If SK wants only cash compensation, it has to give Choi Jun-yong 1.1 billion won, 200% of the 550 million won he received last season.

KCC made it to the playoffs in 6th place in the regular league in the 2022-2023 season, but was eliminated after losing 3 times to 3rd place SK. Next season will be different. When Song Gyo-chang, who is serving in the military at Sangmu, returns in mid-November, he can create a luxurious lineup that leads to Heo Woong-Choi Jun-yong-Song Gyo-chang-Lee Seung-hyun-Ra Gun-ah. KCC also brought guard Lee Ho-hyeon (4 years, 240 million won in the first year) from Seoul Samsung. After winning the 2010-2011 season championship, it is a power worth aiming for the top spot in 13 years.

Yang Hong-seok is interviewed at the free agent (FA) briefing held at the KBL Center in Gangnam-gu, Seoul on the 9th. Having been the ace of KT, he moved to LG. /yunhap news

LG, who finished second in the regular league in the 2022-2023 season, lost three straight games to SK in the semifinal playoffs and fell. As foreign player Asem Marey was sidelined due to a calf injury, there was a void. LG recruited Yang Hong-seok (195 cm) from Suwon KT in the FA market (5 years, 750 million won in the first year). LG, which had an average score of 5th out of 10 teams in the last regular season, has been able to devise a variety of offensive options with the addition of a national team forward. LG has not yet lifted a champion trophy since its founding.

Suwon KT lost Yang Hong-seok, but recruited Moon Seong-gon from KGC (5 years, 780 million won in the first year). Moon Seong-gon, who won the Best Defense Award for four consecutive years, is expected to bring stability to a team that used to suffer from a lack of support. Guard Heo Hoon will return from Sangmu in November. There is a good chance that the team will be transformed under the leadership of new head coach Song Young-jin, who is making his debut at the command tower.

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