After a disappointing finish in the PBA Governors Cup, Rain or Shine began its offseason buildup after shipping veteran forward JR Quinahan to GlobalPort in exchange for Fil-American wingman Jay Washington on Thursday.
The trade is a homecoming of sorts for the 6-foot-7 Washington, who began his basketball career with the Asian Coating franchise way back in the Philippine Basketball League when the team was still carrying the banner of Welcoat.
The sweet-shooting Washington, the top overall pick in the 2005 PBA Rookie Draft, went on to win three league championships during his early years with the TNT franchise, while earning two Best Player awards in 2010 and 2011.
But Washington has been a journeyman over the last four years, bouncing from Petron, to GlobalPort, back to Talk ‘N Text last season, before being shipped back to the Batang Pier this season.
But his rich championship experience can augur well for a Rain or Shine side that will now be handled by Caloy Garcia after Yeng Guiao moved over to NLEX last week.
The 34-year-old Washington averaged 8.5 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists for GlobalPort this season.
The Batang Pier, on the other hand, got a reliable post defender in Quinahan, wh is coming off his best offensive game in his career after averaging a career-best 11.67 points, along with 4.91 rebounds this season with Rain or Shine.
The stocky Quinahan, the seventh overall pick of Alaska in the 2007 PBA Draft, was instrumental in Rain or Shine’s Commissioner’s Cup title conquest.
Meantime, Rain or Shine already offered a three-year max deal to combo guard Paul Lee. The former PBA Rookie of the Year however, will still have to wait for his agent Lawrence Chongson to help in the negotiation. Chongson will arrive on Oct. 20 from the U.S. – Richard Dy
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