Thursday, September 20, 2012
PBA TRADE UPDATES : Josh Urbiztondo was Traded To Barako For Future First Round Pick
IN a trade which Tim Cone said broke his heart, San Mig Coffee is sending its scrappy starting point guard Josh Urbiztondo to Barako Bull for a first-round pick in next season’s PBA rookie draft.
The trade, subject to the approval of the Commissioner’s Office, actually makes sense for both teams since San Mig has a surplus of point guards with Jonas Villanueva, Mark Barroca and Urbiztondo while Barako has suddenly become thin in that position after the departure of Willie Miller and Wynne Arboleda.
The Mixers are also getting former Ateneo star Wesley Gonzales as part of the three-team deal also involving sister team Petron, which, sources said, will get a couple of second round picks from the deal.
However, Cone said it still pained him to let go of Urbiztondo, an undrafted Fil-American point guard who defied all expectations by finishing second to Rico Maierhofer in the 2010 Rookie of the Year race and blossomed during Cone’s first season with the Mixers.
“(It was) hard for me because I loved Josh and I thought he represented our organization extremely well,” Cone said. “It would have been tough to trade any of our point guards, but Josh was the hardest because of my personal relationship with him.”