Just a day after landing one of the league’s deadliest shooter, Brgy. Ginebra San Miguel went back to the trading table and secured a defensive linchpin this time around.
The Gin Kings sent seldom-used forward Paolo Taha to the GlobalPort Batang Pier for rookie Julian Sargent in a trade announced by the PBA through its Twitter account on Tuesday.
🚨 TRADE ALERT
— PBA (@pbaconnect) June 19, 2018
The 6-foot-1 Sargent, currently averaging 2.3 points and 1.7 rebounds in 9.6 minutes of action, was drafted 16th overall in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft by the Magnolia Hotshots but was immediately dealt to GlobalPort along with fellow rookies Lervin Flores and Joseph Gabayni for 6th overall pick Robbie Herndon.
Taha, on the other hand, has been buried in the deep end of the Brgy. Ginebra bench since arriving from Mahindra in November of 2016 via trade that involved bench warmers Denice Villamor and Frank Bonifacio. The College of St. Benilde grad saw action in only 3 of the team’s 8 games in the ongoing Commissioner’s Cup and logged in a total of 10 minutes.
The 27-year old native of Marikina City will return to the team that took him in after KIA Sorento drafted him 29th overall in the 2014 Rookie Draft but left him unsigned.
Sargent, along with new recruit Jeff Chan, will make their debut for the Gin Kings when the team takes on Columbian Dyip on Wednesday, June 20 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.