The hot PO market is gone–now comes the ‘hotter’ free agent market

The intense 2023-2024 professional basketball season ended with the championship of “super team” Busan KCC. And now it’s time for free agents (FAs).

The biggest name in this free agency market is forward Kang Sang-jae, who had a career-high season for Wonju DB, averaging around 33 minutes per game in 51 regular-season games this season, and signaling that he has entered his prime with the 안전카지노사이트 highest scoring (14.0 points) and rebounding (6.3) averages since his professional debut.

Kang’s biggest advantage is that he is a long forward who can run. He is a 2-meter tall forward who can run with the ball directly. His outside shooting ability is considered to be the best among players of his height. Considering how fearsome KCC was in the playoffs with the long forwards of Song Kyo-chang, Choi Jun-yong, and Lee Seung-hyun, Kang’s stock is skyrocketing.

You can’t ignore Kim Jong-kyu, who also became a free agent alongside Kang. This season, he averaged 11.9 points and 6.1 rebounds with a field goal percentage of 59.7%, ranking third overall and first in Korea. He’s already a veteran with 11 seasons under his belt, but he’s still valuable because many teams have serious height issues.

In particular, Sono’s move is the most eye-catching, as Goyang Sono coach Kim Seung-ki, who struggled with height issues this season, prioritized “a forward with both shooting and height” as his top priority from the end of the season.

Other forwards of similar caliber, including Jung Hee-jae, Choi Boo-kyung, Heo Il-young, and Choi Seung-wook, are also available in free agency. With Kang Sang-jae and Kim Jong-kyu’s salaries skyrocketing, they could be of interest to teams that are feeling overwhelmed.

Among guards, Lee Dae-sung is the most eye-catching. Lee, who was released as a free agent last year but chose to play in Japan, is knocking on the door to return to Korea in free agency. He has already filed for free agency.

Lee Jae-do is another player to keep an eye on. This season, he played the least amount of minutes since joining LG, averaging around 25, but he was very efficient with a 45.9% field goal percentage and 36.8% three-point percentage. He is a player who can earn high marks just by being healthy enough to stay on the court without any lingering injuries. In addition to Lee Jae-do, Park Ji-hoon, who has filled the void left by Byun Joon-hyung’s enlistment, is another player that many teams will covet.

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