Confused? Well, you are not the only one. A huge 5 team 10 player trade was approved today that shook things up for the upcoming Commissioner’s cup. While we are all still dizzy with all the post holidays exchange gifts by the teams involved, let us try to analyze the trades, and see if it is indeed a win-win for the teams involved.
(Editor’s Note: Remember, this are series of trades, not just one trade involving 5 teams).
Petron In/Barako Out: Ronald Tubid
Petron Out/Barako In: Alex Mallari and Jojo Duncil
I think Petron wasted the 3rd pick. They could have picked Hodge, Chris Ellis, or even Chris Tiu but they used it on Mallari but he barely got to play. Mallari has potential, evidenced by his stint in the PBA D-League when he was one of the top player of the Big Chill team that went all the way to the Finals, only to lose to amateur All Star team known as the NLEX Road Warriors. But at least, Petron was able to get a veteran energy guy in Tubid. We all know the powerhouse Petron lineup lacked energy and hustle during the All Filipino Conference, something Tubid can provide. And at least they didn’t need to trade the talented Joseph Yeo. Although I won’t be surprised if they trade him eventually, if the deal is right. Maybe to a sister team – San Mig Coffee? Mallari is a good young player but he just couldn’t crack the rotation on a loaded team like Petron while Duncil barely got to play for Petron. His talents can still be of service for a rebuilding team like Barako — another tough player for a team perceived as tough or at least by the reputation of the past incarnations of the Barako franchise.
Barako In/San Mig Coffee Out: Jonas Villanueva, JC Intal and Aldrech Ramos
Barako Out/San Mig Coffee In: Alex Mallari, Leo Najorda, Lester Alvarez and a 2014 1st round pick
I am quite surprised with this deal. I thought all along that Cone likes Villanueva, Intal and Ramos for his team, but I guess management felt a change is needed and they feel that Alex Mallari belongs in another San Miguel Corporation team. So San Mig Coffee lost a veteran point guard in Jonas for another former UAAP star point guard in former Falcon Alvarez. Alvarez has potential and he might spell Baroca from time to time. Perhaps Mallari can finally show his potential for a team that will give him consistent playing time. He just needs to get his head in the game and be consistent with his defense. He can play a bit of point forward for the team and maybe give James Yap a breather — something Yap and SMC needs because there are games that Yap and Simon plays too much. Najorda is a solid veteran player who can give some energy off the bench. Intal needs to adapt to the European style of Coach Toroman so he can get playing time with his fellow Ateneans in Barako.
Alaska In/Barako Out: Aldrech Ramos
Barako In:/Alaska Out: Mac Baracael
Aldrech will be a good reliever for Sony Thoss, but with the Commish Cup having no height limit on their imports, he might ride the bench for some games. But Aldrech is a young guy and he just might be a fit for the young core of this Alaska team.
Barangay Ginebra In/Barako Out: Mac Baracael
Barako In/Barangay Ginebra Out: Allein Maliksi
Ginebra gets another hard working young guy in Baracael. Maybe he and Taha can be the solid big guys that Ginebra needs to complement their guard heavy lineup. It’s interesting if Malaksi will finally find a home in Barako. Time for Toroman to prove that he can turn a “small market” PBA team into a contender.