The Barangay Ginebra has landed a veteran playmaker to its roster by acquiring sharpshooter Jeff Chan from Phoenix in a blockbuster trade deal.
The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Commissioner’s Office on Monday, June 18, approved the trade deal that sent Chan to the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Gin Kings in exchange for its first-rounder pick in the forthcoming PBA Rookie Draft.
Chan was averaging 11.56 points on 35-percent shooting from beyond the arc, 4.4 rebounds and 4.1 assists this conference ahead to the trade that saw him leaving Phoenix Fuel Masters barely a season after being acquired in a trade with the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters.
The former Gilas Pilipinas professional basketball player is not your average basketballer but should be a welcome addition to a Ginebra franchise that needs a shooting machine to unclog the middle for Greg Slaughter and Japeth Aguilar.
Over the past couple of years, Barangay Ginebra’s premier playmaker, Mark Caguioa, has seen his playing time in the field gradually nosedived because of his age, leaving the role of fringe scorers to young core talents Kevin Ferrer and Scottie Thompson as well as veteran guards LA Tenorio and Sol Mercado.
Chan, a 17th overall pick out of Far Eastern University (FEU) in the 2008 draft by the Barako Bull, have grown under the helm of Yeng Guiao at Rain or Shine.
His nine-year career in Rain or Shine concluded in August 2017 when he was traded to Phoenix in exchange for Mark Borboran alongside future 2020 second-rounder draft selection.
Chan still attended team practice with his Phoenix teammates on Monday before joining Ginebra later upon being notified regarding the trade. Chan comes in with Ginebra at 3-5 and fighting for a postseason playoff berth in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
On the other side of the ball, Ginebra’s first-rounder selection is expected to land around the middle order.
Chan wins two PBA championships and an MVP award. He is also a two-time All-Star Game MVP and a one-time Second Mythical Team member. – The Centrio News