Air21, Purefoods and Ginebra swap key players
While waiting for an approval of a name change, Air21 Express on Monday closed trade deals with Purefoods Giants and Barangay Ginebra Kings to restructure its lineup.
A report posted on PBA.ph said the Express gave away Don Allado, Nino Canaleta, JC Intal and Doug Kramer to acquire Beau Belga, Chad Alonzo and three future picks (Ginebra's first round selections in 2012 and 2013 and another from Purefoods).
Allado and Canaleta transferred to Purefoods while Intal and Doug Kramer went to Ginebra. Chico Laneta was part of the deal, first going to Air21 before ending up with Ginebra.
"We got a surplus of players on the entry of Cyrus Baguio and Celino Cruz. What we did was to balance our lineup with a properly-planned trade deal," said Air21 governor and team manager Lito Alvarez.
"We didn't opt for draft picks in the near future because we're happy with the lineup we've got. We opted for 2012 and 2013, thinking that's the time the likes of Wynne Arboleda and Homer Se are retiring," he added.
Alvarez also believes the movement will serve in good stead all the players concerned.
"Arwind Santos is playing around 35 minutes a game for us. So more or less 13 minutes are left for KG (Canaleta) and JC (Intal). I think, KG and JC will get more exposure in their new teams," explained Alvarez, adding the same on the cases of Allado and Kramer.
The trade took place as Air21 pursues a change of its franchise name to Burger King.