Junthy now finally a Gin King

When it looked like the deal wouldn’t materialize, the Brgy. Ginebra Kings reached an agreement with the Red Bull Barakos to acquire spitfire Junthy Valenzuela in exchange for multiple draft picks. The Gin Kings originally offered shooter Sunday Salvacion for the crack Red Bull guard but in the end, the Barakos settled for a 2009 2nd round and a 2010 1st round picks.  
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Shocking PBA trade: Villanueva to Purefoods, Pingris to Magnolia

pingris.pngIt’s a sad day to be a Purefoods fan. The TJ Giants have just traded the exciting Jean Marc Pingris to Magnolia for center Enrico Villanueva. As part of the deal, Magnolia will also received Chester Tolomia from Coca-Cola. The Tigers will receive shooter Mark Macapagal (and a future draft pick) from Brgy. Ginebra while the Gin Kings got the bull-strong Willie Wilson from Magnolia.

The trade was spurred by the sidelining of Purefoods center Rommel Adducul. The 6-6 ex-San Sebastian standout is currently undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatment after having been diagnosed with nasopharynx cancer. The timetable for his return is still indefinite and will depend on how well he responds to treatment.
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Ginebra needs some spark to its game

brgy-ginebra_kings.gifIf the Tigers were the biggest surprise last conference, the Brgy. Ginebra Kings were the biggest disappointment. Bad luck hounded the team as star players Mark Caguioa and Eric Menk suffered various injuries and missed several games. Worse, all-star forward Rudy Hatfield decided not to renew his contract with the team. The result was disastrous.

The team failed to make it past the quarters. Trade rumors abound during the offseason. There were talks that Caguioa would be traded for Welcoat’s Joe Devance but nothing concrete has been made to substantiate this rumor. In my opinion, it would be catastrophic for the Gin Kings to trade its franchise player. Despite the injuries, there is no question who the heart and soul of Ginebra is. Nothing against Devance but Caguioa has already proven before that he can carry the team to the promised land.
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The imports are coming!

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With only a few weeks to go prior to the start of the 2008 PBA Fiesta Cup (League opens on March 29 in Panabo City, Davao del Norte), teams are in frantic search to acquire highly-talented imports overseas to beef up their lineup. The height restrictions for foreign reinforcements have been scrapped to give way to mastodons such as ex-Red Bull and now Miami Heat cager 7’0″ Earl Barron to play in the league. Three years ago when the same system was implemented, Talk N Text’s 6’8″ Jerald Honeycutt stood tall against the giants and copped the PBA Best Import trophy, while leading the Phonepals to a second place finish.

In addition, the league also gave a concession to the Welcoat Dragons and the Coca-Cola Tigers (for finishing 9th and 10th at the end of the classification) to bring in another import standing not lower than 6’1″.
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