Joe Devance, Tim Cone to reunite in Ginebra after 4-team trade
MANILA, Philippines – Stretch big man Joe Devance and 18-time PBA champion head coach Tim Cone is set to reunite at Barangay Ginebra San Miguel after new PBA Commissioner Chito Narvasa approved a 4-team, 6-player trade on Monday, September 28.
The trade involves Barangay Ginebra San Miguel, GlobalPort, Barako Bull, and Star, with Devance, veteran Dorian Pena, Prince Caperal, Mac Bacarael, Jake Pascual, Ronald Pascual as the players included in the deal.
Pena was dealt from Ginebra to GlobalPort in exchange for the second-year man Caperal, followed by Barako Bull sending Jake Pascual and Ronald Pascual to Star for Devance.
Barako Bull then traded Devance to Ginebra for Bacarael and Caperal.
Sad day. Im going to miss my brothers at Purefoods. I want to say thank you to all the fans that supported me at Purefoods.— joe devance (@jdv_38) September 28, 2015
Devance, who’s played most of his career under Cone in Alaska and Star, joins a formidable frontcourt in Ginebra that already has Japeth Aguilar and Greg Slaughter.
Cone, who served as Star's head coach from 2011-2015, was named Ginebra's new head coach for the 2015-2016 PBA season back in July.
The 6-foot-7 Devance, 33, averaged 10 points, 5 rebounds, and 2.6 assists a game last season.
Pena gives GlobalPort another veteran big man to crash the boards and play the role of an enforcer, while the Pascuals add to Star’s young frontline, which already consists of Norbert Torres and Ian Sangalang.
Barako Bull will get a shooter in Bacarael and a young big in Caperal. – Rappler.com