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Ginebra set to acquire Josh Urbiztondo from ousted Barako for Keith Jensen, draft pick

AKTV file/Pranz Kaeno Billones

AKTV file/Pranz Kaeno Billones

Despite Barako Bull’s ouster from playoff contention, Josh Urbiztondo’s Commissioner’s Cup will go on.

The hotshot point guard is set to join playoff-bound Barangay Ginebra San Miguel in a deal closed Wednesday, the final day of the tournament’s elimination round.

Urbiztondo, who confirmed the news to InterAKTV, has had a banner Commissioner’s Cup, averaging 12.7 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 5.6 assists for the tournament. But he failed to lead his team to the playoffs, as Barako Bull finished ninth despite a promising start.

Ginebra will give up rookie forward Keith Jensen, who was selected eighth overall in the 2012 draft but has been in and out of the Gin Kings’ rotation. The Gin Kings will also send a second round pick in the deal.

Barako Bull acquired Urbiztondo from San Mig Coffee prior to the season for a steep price — a first round pick that originally belonged to the Powerade franchise that has since been purchased by GlobalPort. With the Batang Pier stumbling to the league’s worst record in the first two conferences this season, that pick would be very valuable for the upcoming rookie draft.

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