Saturday, February 2, 2013

In case you missed : PBA trades


Source : PBA Official Website

PBA Commissioner Chito Salud, in between a PBA Board’s planning session in Singapore Thursday, approved two separate trade deals which he both described as good for the league and the players and teams involved.

The first trade involved a one-on-one trade with Talk ‘N Text and Globalport swapping Japeth Aguilar and Rabeh Al-Hussaini, respectively, the former getting his wish to be traded and the latter getting himself reunited with his former Ateneo Blue Eagles head coach.

Aguilar was the No. 1 overall pick of Burger King in the 2009 Annual Draft before he was traded to Talk ‘N Text where he played for just one season – in 2010-11 – before he requested to be traded since he felt he wasn’t getting the playing time he deserved, according to reports.

Al-Hussaini was the No. 2 overall pick of Air21 in 2010 behind Noy Baclao who was also selected by the Express.

The other trade also involved Globalport but this time with Meralco with the Batang Pier acquiring the services of Sol Mercado, rookies Kelly Nabong and Jaypee Belencion, and Yousif Aljamal in exchange for Rey Guevarra, Josh Vanlandingham, rookie Vic Manuel and a 2015 first round draft pick.

Mercado thus becomes the first player in league history to be traded after leading the league in scoring and assists. He averaged 19.1 ppg and 6.7 apg for the Bolts in the recent 2012-13 Philippine Cup

“These new trades are healthy for the players and teams involved , not to mention the league, as competitive balance among the member teams is decidedly enhanced,” Salud said.

“All the players and teams in this latest set of trades will enjoy equal and optimum benefits,” he added. (FM)

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