So Jeff Chan has been traded to Phoenix for Mark Borboran and a 2020 second round pick.
Basically Rain or Shine needs to balance their roster.
From the get-go, it’s hard to have Chan and James Yap in one run because of their similar styles. Both guys are kickout options and I think they need to add variety to their roster. Also, the Elasto Painters are developing their up and comers. Mark Borboran is a combo forward that could help the team coming off the bench. I know his stock has plummeted because of his trade bait status but he could be a good utility guy for Caloy Garcia.
Garcia is looking to restart the franchise with the players of his choosing. I guess this is why the whole Jason Webb experiment failed. When Star made Chito Victolero their coach, the first thing he did was to send James Yap packing to deliver a stern message that he is no pushover. It’s the same case with Tim Cone debut in Ginebra. During Yeng Guiao’s first season with the Elasto Painters, he traded away Solomon Mercado and Jay-R Reyes. Garcia is just re-constructing his team. He just traded Mike Tolomia for Ed Daquioag.
It’s also a case of salary dumping if you look at it closely.
Chan is a former member of Gilas Pilipinas dimmed by many as the second coming of Allan Caidic. 33 may be old in the NBA but it’s relatively young in the PBA (as most career start within the 24 to 27 age range). It will be hard for ROS to re-sign The Negros Sniper with giving up assets and from the looks of things… they’ll probably lose Chan once his contract expires anyway.
I had doubts on the capacity of this squad. Let it be known that the prior franchise holder is an obsessive conduit. But with exception to their awful jersey and equally-abysmal moniker (why can’t they play as the Accelerators), The Fuel Masters are in to win it. Slowly they are shoring their squad with veterans and they’re probably a big man away from being a perennial playoff contender.
Ariel Vanguardia was brought in to (haha) fuel their team and has since claimed a star in Matthew Wright. They acquired Cyrus Baguio and RJ Jazul from Alaska to give them more options aside from their Barako Bull holdovers JC Intal and Willy Wilson. Phoenix will have two first round picks in this year’s draft and they seriously reminded me of the old Shell squad and just because they offer the same service.
Wright has a year left in his cadet contract with Gilas Pilipinas. As per its original context, the cadets are binded to Gilas Pilipinas for two years. With the revamped FIBA calendar, Phoenix could see Wright leave for Gilas duty in the middle of the season (similar to what he is doing now). This leaves Chan to carry the squad especially as the Philippine Cup wears on.
Chan’s move leaves Beau Belga as the only Yeng Guiao guy left in this current incarnation. Gabe Norwood started his PBA career with Caloy Garcia manning Rain or Shine while Yap and Washington played for Garcia as part of the Welcoat Paint Masters. Belga just signed a new deal to stay with the team but his presence could be hampering the development of Raymond Almazan.