DB’s contract announcement, which recruited Thomas, is being delayed. Why?
Wonju DB recently confirmed the recruitment of Malcolm Thomas (34, 206cm), a new first option foreign player. Thomas is a KBL veteran. In the 2011-2012 season, Ulsan Mobis (now Ulsan Hyundai Mobis) recorded an average of 20.8 points, 10.7 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 17 games. His performance was decent, but weak stamina was a problem. He has also been ejected for showing weakness in the back of the net defense.
After that, he entered the NBA and played for the San Antonio Spurs, Chicago Bulls, and Utah Jazz, but did not make a big presence. Thomas, who turned his eyes to overseas leagues again, played an active part in China, Russia, and Turkey. He averaged 11.9 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 13 games for BC Samara in the Russian League (VTB) this season.
Thomas entered Korea on the 25th and is currently training with the team. However, the news of DB’s official recruitment announcement is yet to come. There are two main reasons for this.
The first is that Thomas’ arrival date has been delayed. Originally, Thomas was scheduled to enter Korea on the 24th, but arrived a day later on the 25th. DB had a game against Korea Gas Corporation in Daegu on the 26th, so time was running out from visa issuance to player registration. So he safely went through the gas battle with Dewan Hernandez.
The second reason is the match against Jeonju KCC on the 28th, the next opponent. This season, Hernandez performed particularly well against KCC. He did not lose in the matchup with La Gunah and averaged 16.0 points and 8.0 rebounds through the third round. In particular, in the basketball match on December 31 last year, he played an active role with 20 points and 8 rebounds in 20 minutes and 6 seconds, taking the lead in victory.
From DB’s point of view, there was no need to take the risk of replacing Hernandez, who was strong against KCC, with Thomas. Therefore, the KCC match was also left to Hernandez, and Hernandez contributed to the victory with 12 points, 9 rebounds and 3 block shots, reaping the beauty of the end.
DB’s next match is against Changwon LG on the 3rd of next month. Thomas is expected to play. After the game against KCC, I have some time to spare, so I am focusing on matching Thomas and the domestic players. Thomas can compete right away if the visa issuance and player registration are completed. DB is expected to announce the recruitment news after Thomas’ visa issuance is completed. 안전놀이터
DB, which was below expectations this season, is recording 5 wins and 2 losses after acting coach Kim Joo-seong took the helm. He succeeded in rebounding with improved performance. Here, he was able to jump into the playoff fight in earnest by throwing the odds of replacing a foreign player with 1 option.