Former Chinese Taipei national team big man Tseng Wen-Ting is also expected to join the Fubon Braves in the upcoming season of the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL).
According to a source close to the situation, Tseng joining the Chinese Taipei’s defending Super Basketball League (SBL) champion Fubon Braves is “almost good as done”, and is currently training with the team in their preseason build-up as they are set to make their league debut.
After successfully leading the Yulon Luxgen Dinos to three consecutive SBL titles between 2004-06, Tseng made a jump to the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) in 2011. He starred for the Shanghai Sharks for seven seasons, before suiting up for the Sichuan Blue Whales during the past year.
The 6-foot-8 forward is popular among Asian fans for his many international competitions with the Chinese Taipei team, reaching the peak of their success when they defeated the hosts Philippines to advance to the semifinals of the 2013 FIBA Asia Championships.
Tseng served the national team in international competition for more than a decade since making his FIBA Asia debut in 2001, and is regarded as one of the best players from Taiwan.
Chinese Taipei’s latest champion club continues to build a solid local roster after bringing in Lin Chih Chieh while also successfully retaining key local players Joe Lin and Venti Hung, solidifying their status as a legitimate playoff contender even before playing their first ABL game.
Similar to Lin, Tseng was widely expected to attempt to make a move back home after playing eight seasons in China. Before the Braves officially made the transfer to the ABL, it was first rumored that he could potentially be joining the Formosa Dreamers.
The Fubon Braves are set to open their maiden ABL campaign on November 16 at home against the Macau Black Bears.
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