Coaches happy with haul in multi-player PBA trade
MANILA, Philippines – The coaches of the four PBA teams involved in Tuesday’s multi-player trade are satisfied with the players they got out of the deal, with each believing that they received personnel who could help them in the upcoming conference.
Barako Bull coach Bong Ramos told PBA.ph that he was “okay” with the trade, which saw his team acquire Jason Deutchman and Leo Najorda as well as second round draft picks in the 2016 and 2017 rookie drafts.
“It gives us more firepower, because we are getting swingmen who can play the three and four positions,” said Ramos. “They will help us in our three-point shooting and rebounding. Doon kasi kami nangangailangan and it gives us a better fit with our import.”
Air21, for its part, received veteran point guard Jonas Villanueva in the deal, something that the squad has sorely needed for quite some time now.
“Now, we have a natural point guard in Jonas, something we really needed last conference. But I think we still need big guys,” Air21 coach Franz Pumaren said.
Villanueva already practiced with Air21 on Tuesday, and Pumaren described the guard’s first practice as “okay.”
“He’s been out for a couple of weeks and he’s still getting his rhythm, but he’ll be all right,” he said.
Pumaren also believes that “most of the teams will benefit from the trade.”
Meanwhile, new GlobalPort head coach Pido Jarencio is also happy with how his team fared in the trade.
“Masaya naman ako sa nakuha namin,” he said.
The Batang Pier received Alex Cabagnot and BonBon Custodio in the trade. They were expected to join their new team in practice Wednesday.
The San Miguel Beermen received Sol Mercado and Rico Maeirhofer in the trade.