PBA Rumor: San Miguel to get Maierhofer and Chua to back up Fajardo in a trade

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The San Miguel is dead serious in its campaign in the upcoming PBA Commissioner’s Cup.

As they bent to improve its roster by trading key players for players who might suit up more in their system.

The Sol Mercado-Alex Cabagnot swap may just be the tip of the iceberg.

Based on reports from Spin.ph, Petron/San Miguel and Global Port are involved in another complex deal with Air21 and Barako Bull that will see seven players and draft picks changing hands on Tuesday morning.

The two-part deal,according to a reliable source, which is set be reviewed by PBA commissioner Chito Salud on Tuesday, will start off with Global Port sending veteran wingman Leo Najorda to Barako Bull for Jonas Villanueva who in turn will be shipped to Air21 for two-guard Bonbon Custodio.

Petron/San Miguel will then get involved in the second part of the transaction, dealing sophomore Yousef Taha and its 2016 second-round pick to Barako Bull for Rico Maierhofer.

Taha will then be sent by Barako to Global Port for rookie Justin Chua, who will then be shipped by the Energy to Petron/San Miguel for sweet-shooting big man Jason Deustchman and the 2016 second-round pick.

Once the whirl of transactions are approved by Salud, Petron/San Miguel will end up as the biggest winner by getting two big men to shore up its frontline in Maierhofer and Chua.

Barako will get Deustchman, Najorda, and a future draft pick; Global Port will get back former player Taha and Custodio to add to Cabagnot, who arrived from Petron/San Miguel in a separate deal in exchange for Sol Mercado.

On the other hand, Air21 will finally have a legitimate point guard in Villanueva.

Still, the biggest gainer is undoubtedly Petron/San Miguel, which will now have Maierhofer and Chua to boost a frontline that depended too much on June Mar Fajardo in the last Philippine Cup campaign.

However, the deals are dependent on the approval of Salud.

We will wait in the upcoming days for the approval of the said deal.

Ed Umbao

Founder of PhilNews.xyz | co-Founder of PhilNews.ph

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