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    Ginebra turns to former Pacer Orlando Johnson as import Orien Greene sent packing

    Apr 28, 2015

    NBA veteran Orien Greene's PBA stint ended even before it could begin after getting the cut from Barangay Ginebra, which is set to bring in former Indiana Pacers shooting guard Orlando Johnson in his place.

    Ginebra team manager and alternate board governor Alfrancis Chua confirmed the import switch, which came after Greene scored 13 points in Ginebra's 102-83 win over an import-less KIA side in a tune-up over the weekend.

    That proved to be the one and only game Greene played with the Gin Kings.

    Team insiders said the 33-year-old Greene failed to impress, leaving Ginebra management and the coaching staff led by new coach Frankie Lim with no choice but to find a quick replacement in Johnson.

    Selected 36th overall by the Sacramento Kings in the 2012 NBA Draft, Johnson, 26, was immediately traded to the Indiana Pacers where he played 89 career games in two seasons, averaging 3.1 points and 1.8 rebounds.

    Johnson, who was named the 2010 Big West Player of the Year while playing for UC Santa Barbara, was also a veteran in the NBA D-League where he played for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants and the Austin Spurs. 

    He also saw action for the Laboral Kutxa in the Spanish league.

    Player agent Sheryl Reyes said Johnson will be arriving on Friday, giving him at least a week to work with Ginebra before the team's debut in the Governors Cup on May 8 against Alaska.

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