The Adelaide 36ers continue to have an impressive offseason, acquiring ex Gold Coast Blaze point guard and 2012 Olympian Adam Gibson to their roster for the 2012/13 season.
Reportedly, Gibson has accepted a one year contract with the club with a player option for the second season, should he want to opt in.
Gibson, the former 2008/09 Defensive player of the year, was earmarked as a top free agent after the Gold Coast franchise regrettably folded. Gibson averaged 11.4 ppg, 4.7 apg and 4.2 rpg for the Blaze last year and Adelaide CEO Leanne Grantham was excited at the signing.
[quote style="boxed"]We have been in discussion with Adam since the demise of the Blaze and only today did he finally sign with us. Adam is an aggressive player who demands attention in offense, he is the type of player who will take control and finish off those close games we know the team will experience this coming season” - Leanne Grantham, 36ers CEO.[/quote]
It has been a long time between drinks for Adelaide fans who haven’t lived up to their label of “Title Town” in recent times. It appears though that Marty Clarke’s three year plan may actually be coming to fruition. The re-signing of young guns Daniel Johnson and Mitch Creek, coupled with the acquisition of center Luke Schenscher, Jason Cadee, Anthony Petrie and now Gibson mean that Clarke has no excuses to be contending for a championship this season.
After publicly announcing that they would go with an “All Australian” lineup this season, Adelaide now have two roster spots remaining. Theoretically they could still bring in one import barring salary cap room, however can not fit two 10 point players.
Many critics now believe that the 36ers are genuine championship contenders. For Marty Clarke’s sake, they’d better be.
Adelaide now have to focus their attention to finding a stadium to host their home games following the Commonwealth Bank repossession of the Eddy Groves owned, Adelaide Arena.