LG sign-and-trade Moon Tae Jong to Orions

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The Changwon LG Sakers have finalized a sign-and-trade with KBL free agent Moon Tae Jong, signing him to a one-year $340,000 USD contract before trading him to the Goyang Orions for a first round draft pick in this upcoming 2015 KBL draft.

The 39-year-old is entering his 17th season as a professional basketball player and his sixth season in the Korean Basketball League. Moon Tae Jong is coming off a season plagued with fatigue and injuries with the LG Sakers. He spent most of his summer playing for the Korean national team at both Spain FIBA World Cup and the 2014 Incheon Asian Game where he led Korea to a gold medal.

There’s no word yet on Moon Tae Jong’s commitment to this year’s Korean national team they travel to China in September for the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship. Last season, with the LG Sakers, he averaged 10 points and four rebounds playing 23 minutes per game (60 total games including playoffs). The Goyang Orions lost the LG Sakers in the 2015 KBL semi-finals. With the addition of Moon Tae Jong, they are almost guaranteed another spot in the upcoming KBL playoffs.

The KBL season is scheduled to begin on September 12th, 2015.

Nick Bedard (@bedardnick) is the editor-in-chief of Basketballbuddha.com.

2 Comments

  1. Jen

    May 29, 2015 at 5:19 am

    I have been following KBL basketball. Where did see or hear that Moon Tae Jong had an injury last season? He played in every game except 4, including playoff games leading to a Final Four appearance. It was the LG coach’s decision to rest Moon Tae Jong 4 games early last season due to very little rest and his significant contribution in the 2014 KBL Finals, 2014 FIBA World Cup, 2014 Asian Games Championship and then having to immediately start the 2014-2015 season.

    I am sure fatigue must have been a factor but he was still in the top 5 in scoring for all Koreans and averaged over 20 minutes in more than 60 KBL games.

    Also, where did you get his stats? According to the official KBL website, Moon Tae Jong averaged 12.08 points. See http://www.kbl.or.kr/players/player_info.asp?pcode=290377&flag1=1&flag2=0&tcode=&sname=

    It is refreshing to see increased interest in Korean Basketball. Thank you for your contribution.

    • Paul

      June 29, 2015 at 12:40 pm

      Wow, Jen. You are right on the money.

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