Ginebra unclogs guard rotation with Taha-Sargent trade

JR Isaga
Ginebra unclogs guard rotation with Taha-Sargent trade
The Gin Kings send back Paolo Taha to Globalport Batang Pier for Julian Sargent

MANILA, Philippines – Just as the buzz around the Jeff Chan trade  was simmering down, Ginebra pulls the trigger yet again on the trade block.

The Gin Kings have sent back Paolo Taha to the Globalport Batang Pier for their rookie Julian Sargent, per a league announcement on Tuesday, June 19.

The 27-year-old Taha was barely used so far in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup, averaging just 3.3 minutes and less than one point a game in a clogged Ginebra backcourt that already features LA Tenorio, Scottie Thompson, Sol Mercado, Mark Caguioa, Jett Manuel and the newly-acquired Chan.

Primarily used as a wing, the addition of the versatile Sargent is expected to fix that logjam. In 9.6 minutes a game so far with the Batang Pier, the former De La Salle University standout normed 2.3 points and 1.7 rebounds.

Currently riding a two-game winning streak at 3-5, Ginebra is looking to enter a playoff arms race with 6 different squads gunning for seeding, including the loaded San Miguel Beermen (4-4) and the revitalized Columbian Dyip (4-5), whom they face this Wednesday, June 20, at the Araneta Coliseum.

Chan and Sargent are immediately expected to boost the Kings’ playoff hopes for the better. –

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