Ginebra taps Justin Brownlee to replace Paul Harris

Help is on the way for Barangay Ginebra.

Already without starting big man Greg Slaughter due to ankle injury, the Kings also lost import Paul Harris after fracturing his right thumb during their 93-84 win over GlobalPort in their opening game of the PBA Governors Cup last Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

The good news is, Ginebra finally came to terms with NBA D-League veteran forward Justin Brownlee.

“Ginebra will bring in Justin Brownlee as backup to Paul Harris,” Cone said in a text message sent to FOX Sports after the Kings’ practice on Monday.

Harris, the comebacking PBA import, has been placed on the injured list after successfully undergoing surgery on his thumb Saturday night.

“Paul will be out of action for 4 weeks and will be placed on injured reserve,” added the multi-titled PBA coach. “Brownlee is expected to arrive on Thursday.”

The 25-year-old American is fresh off a stint with Chalon in the French league, posting decent numbers of 11.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 36 games.

Browlee went undrafted in 2011, but managed to hone his craft in the NBA D-League where he played for the maine Red Claws in 2012, before toiling with the Erie Bawhawks in 2014.

He owned career averages of 10.81 points, 5.30 rebounds and 1.86 assists in 96 NBA D-League games.

A product of St. John’s in college, Brownlee, listed at 6-7, played for the Charlotte Hornetts in the 2015 NBA Summer League, posting averages of 9.71 points, 3.14 rebounds and 1.29 steals.

Brownlee will make his PBA debut on Sunday against the Alaska Aces. – By Richard Dy

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