GLOBALPORT NOT DONE YET, SENDS HOLSTEIN TO SAN MIG FOR CHUA, NAJORDA
It’s still quite busy on the GlobalPort trading floor.
Just two days after the 2013 PBA Rookie Draft that gave the Batang Pier a number of the best young hardcourt talents in the land, they resumed their manpower overhaul with another deal.
GlobalPort shook hands with newly-crowned Governors’ Cup champion San Mig Coffee Tuesday in a trade that sent this year’s No. 7 pick overall Isaac Holstein to the Mixers in exchange for No. 10 overall Justin Chua and veteran banger Leo Najorda.
It has been reported earlier that Holstein has been in the radar of the San Mig Coffee bench tacticians but the Batang Pier beat the Mixers to the draw, plucking him 7th in the rookie grab bag. The 6-8 slotman from West Virginia state University shared top honors in the vertical leap department along with eventual No. 1 overall pick Greg Slaughter in the Rookie Biometrics, reaching a height of 11 feet 6 inches.
Though he failed to make heads turn in the PBA D-League with Big Chill, San Mig Coffee head coach Tim Cone is known to work his magic with big guys labelled as projects.
In giving up Holstein, GlobalPort got two proven talents who can certainly help in the team’s determined push this coming season. Chua showed everyone that given the minutes, he can shine on his own. The 6-5 frontliner was a key factor in Blackwater’s conquest of the D-League Foundation Cup title in June. With his build, Chua can bang bodies with the big guys in the big league.
Najorda, for his part, can provide added scoring sock, aside from toughness on both ends of the floor. He can shoot from the perimeter and can likewise take the ball strong to the hoop.
In the end, both teams got what they wanted. (JL)
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