Rain or Shine shipped its long-time top gunner to Phoenix in exchange for a role player and a second-round pick in the coming rookie draft.
In a stunning move, the Elasto Painters dealt veteran shooter Jeff Chan to the Fuel Masters for Mark Borboran and the latter’s second-round selection in this year’s Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) rookie draft.
Chan, who spent eight seasons with the Rain or Shine franchise, was the second key player traded after Paul Lee went to Star for James Yap last season.
The 33-year old southpaw sniper was part of two successful championship campaigns of the Elasto Painters, the 2012 Governors Cup where he was named the Finals Most Valuable Player and the 2016 Commissioner’s Cup.
Both titles were under Yeng Guiao, who was also allowed to sign with NLEX prior the start of the current season.
The former Far Eastern University standout will give the young Phoenix team the leadership and stability at the wing position.
“Jeff can mentor Matt (Wright) and gives us additional weapon,” Fuel Masters head coach Ariel Vanguardia told The Manila Times on Monday.
Vanguardia said Phoenix, which is currently holding a 2-3 win-loss mark in the ongoing Governor’s Cup and has lost its last three games, is in need of a reliable scorer while Wright is in loan with Gilas Pilipinas.
Wright is part of the PH 5, which will see action in the International Basketball Federation Asia Cup, which starts on Tuesday in Beirut, Lebanon.
Rain or Shine is also on a mini-slide, losing its last two assignments in three matches. Chan averaged just 9.0 points per game in his final stint with the squad.
Head coach Caloy Garcia received a versatile forward in Borboran, who hardly played for Vanguardia.
“The team needed to add length. J-Wash (Anthony Washington) is injured while Gabe (Norwood) and Raymond (Almazan) are with Gilas,” team co-owner Raymund Yu told The Manila Times via text message.
The departure of Chan puts pressure on Yap, who is tasked to lead the franchise as Norwood and Almazan are also on loan with the Gilas quintet for the Beirut joust.
Rain or Shine and Meralco also exchanged Gilas cadets players as Mike Tolomia was traded to the Bolts while in return, the Elasto Painters gained Ed Daquioag.