Barangay Ginebra has added a weapon in its wing rotation by acquiring Jeff Chan from Phoenix Petroleum in exchange for the Gin Kings' first round pick in the 2018 Rookie Draft in December.
The Kings struck the deal with the Fuel Masters, for one, in their determined effort to salvage a playoff spot in the PBA Commissioner's Cup that they've won in the past two seasons.
Ginebra is currently at ninth place at 3-5 while Phoenix Fuel is next at 3-6.
Chan has been among Phoenix's top guns in the current tourney, averaging 11.5 points on a respectable 38-percent shooting clip. He also puts in 4.4 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.22 steals an outing.
In his last game with the Fuel Masters, Chan put up a solid 26 points to go with seven boards in a 108-106 defeat to league-leading Rain or Shine.
The six-foot-three former FEU Tamaraw joins a talent-loaded Gin Kings roster that features Gilas teammates LA Tenorio, Japeth Aguilar, Greg Slaughter, as well as Scottie Thompson and import Justin Brownlee just to name a few.
The trade comes at an interesting time in the conference, as tenth-seeded Phoenix, who are fighting for a spot in the post-season, decide to give up a ready contributor in Chan.
Ninth-seeded Ginebra on the other hand, sitting at 3-5, is coming off back-to-back wins and will be getting even more help as they too try to make a push for the playoffs. The Gin Kings defeated Magnolia in the most recent edition of the Manila Clasico, just last Sunday.