The Taipei Fubon Braves are bringing in a well-known ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) import to the team, after work permit issues forced the team to release former NBA draftee Isaiah Austin.
The Chinese Taipei champion and newest ABL team has signed reigning ABL Finals MVP Maxie Esho, who won the championship with the CLS Knights Indonesia, to potentially replace Sim Bhullar. The seven-footer is reportedly dealing with a nagging minor injury.
Currently sitting at fourth place in the league standings, the Braves have had a relatively good start to their maiden ABL season and possess arguably the deepest squad among the league, led by an import trio of Bhullar, ex-NBA star O.J. Mayo, and Charles Garcia.
Esho, a familiar name within the region, averaged 22.4 points and 9.2 rebounds per game while shooting 42 percent from deep last season as he won the championship with the Knights. He also previously suited up for the Saigon Heat.
While the 2019-20 ABL season is just barely a month old, several teams have already begun making roster changes, and one could only expect more import signings and drops moving forward.
Should the 28-year-old American replace Bhullar, the rest of the league can expect an even faster and deadlier shooting Braves team this season. Esho has proven himself to be an asset at both ends, especially with his versatility in guarding multiple positions.
The reigning Finals MVP is not expected to play in the Braves’ upcoming game against the Formosa Dreamers, unless a work permit is granted earlier than expected.
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