Anyang KGC Ginseng Corporation is a professional basketball champion in the 2022-2023 season. After playing the 7th game of the ‘everyday’ championship match with Seoul SK, they achieved a combined victory. But right after the season ended, the club got busier. There was a lot of work to be done in the ‘previous’ free agent (FA) market.
Franchise star Oh Se-geun, who won the championship four times, and Moon Seong-gon, who won the best defense award for the last four years in a row, left Anyang. The transfer of the two players gave a big shock to the fans of KGC Ginseng Corporation. Moon Seong-gon signed a contract with Suwon KT and Oh Se-geun with Seoul SK, respectively, and left.
However, this does not mean that the will to reinforce power has been weakened. KGC Ginseng Corporation recruited two external FAs. Guard Choi Seong-won, who played for SK, was successfully recruited under the condition of giving a total of 400 million won in compensation for the first year. On the 19th, he signed an FA contract with Daegu Korea Gas Corporation’s FA forward Jeong Hyo-geun for a contract period of 3 years and a total fee of 500 million won for the first year.
2 people left and 2 people came in. In a more complex FA market than ever, there is room for the club to show that it has done its best to reinforce its own strength. However, the result of not being able to hold on to the players who have shared the glory of the team for a long time gives fans a great sense of loss.
This is not the first time that he failed to catch an internal FA.
KGC Ginseng Corporation has recently advanced to the championship match for the third consecutive season and has won twice. In the 2010s, KBL stood tall as a prestigious club. However, following Lee Jae-do and Jeon Seong-hyun, Moon Seong-gon and Oh Se-geun, the main players of the championship left one after another. Fans can’t hide their regret at KGC Ginseng Corporation’s willingness to contract and negotiating power.
Oh Se-geun is a veteran born in 1987. Even at a considerable age, he maintains his place as the KBL’s top-notch big man. In this year’s championship game, he averaged 19.1 points and 10.0 rebounds, and won MVP. Oh Se-geun is a player with strong pride for the title of ‘Best’. KGC Ginseng Corporation could not fill this part. On the other hand, SK filled that part.
Moon Seong-gon also needed active negotiations. Moon Seong-gon has long been considered a player who will be popular when the free agency market opens. KT was enthusiastic about the negotiations and captivated Moon Seong-gon by throwing an unconventional condition of a total remuneration of 780 million won in the first year.
It is the mood these days that more effort is needed to catch a popular internal free agent in the market. There have been frequent moves of big free agents recently. It is the same this year. Yang Hong-seok left KT, and Choi Jun-yong’s transfer is imminent.안전놀이터
Last season, the free agency market fluctuated as Jeonju KCC recruited two prominent outside free agents, Lee Seung-hyun and Heo Woong. This year, starting with Yang Hong-seok’s transfer, KGC Ginseng Corporation’s Moon Seong-gon and Oh Se-geun’s transfer to other teams, the FA market is booming. Professional basketball has entered a new season with a completely different power structure from last season.
KGC Ginseng Corporation has also become a completely different team in just a few weeks. Byun Jun-hyung also has to prepare for the new season in a situation where three of the best 5 who led the championship are absent as he is away due to military enlistment. As Yang Hee-jong retired and Oh Se-geun left, the protagonists of the Anyang franchise in the 2010s, which were called ‘Ginseng Shinki’, could no longer be seen in Anyang.
KGC Ginseng Corporation prepares for the 2023-2024 season by adding the talents of Jeong Hyo-geun and Choi Seong-won to the existing players who contributed to the combined championship, such as Park Ji-hoon, Lens Abando, and Bae Byung-jun, who signed a new FA contract. Considering the abilities of coach Kim Sang-sik and coaching staff, who overturned pre-season expectations and achieved a combined victory, there is a possibility of building a formidable power in a short period of time.