PBA approves four-team, seven player trade as San Miguel let go of Cabagnot and welcome Mercado and Maierhofer


The PBA has approved a complex four-team trade highlighted by San Miguel Beer that also involved GlobalPort, Barako Bull, and Air21 on Tuesday afternoon.

Rico Maierhofer and Sol Mercado are set to fortify San Miguel Beer's reshuffled ball club beginning in the PBA Commissioner's Cup.
Under the revised deal that took out Yousef Taha from the transaction owing to a technicality, the series of trades started with San Miguel, formerly Petron, acquiring Maierhofer from Barako Bull in exchange for Jason Deutchman and the Beermen's second-round picks in 2016 and 2017.
San Miguel then added Mercado to its pool of stars in a straight swap with GlobalPort for guard Alex Cabagnot.
In the third step, Barako Bull acquired veteran wingman Leo Najorda from GlobalPort in exchange for guard Jonas Villanueva, who was traded by the Batang Pier to Air21 for Bondon Custodio.
Despite its failure to get GlobalPort rookie Justin Chua after Taha was taken out of the trade equation that prohibits players from returning to their former ballclubs until after two conferences, San Miguel was still the clear winner in the complex series of transactions.
Maierhofer is set to boost a San Miguel frontline that depended too much on June Mar Fajardo in the Philippine Cup semifinal series against Rain or Shine while Mercado will be reunited with pal Chris Ross,  a former backcourt mate in Meralco, who will now be tasked to run the team from the point guard position.
The deal continues the Beermen’s midseason retooling. Earlier, team management appointed Biboy Ravanes as head coach replacing Gee Abanilla, with American consultant Todd Purves taking on a more active role
On the other hand, GlobalPort will now have a veteran hand to run the offense in Cabagnot after a deal that looked more like votes of confidence for young Batang Pier guards Terrence Romeo and RR Garcia.
ReceivesGives Up
Air 21Jonas VillanuevaBonbon Custodio
Barako BullLeo Najorda
Jason Deutchman
2016 2nd round pick
2017 2nd round pick
Jonas Villanueva
Rico Maierhofer
GlobalPortAlex Cabagnot
Bonbon Custodio
Sol Mercado
Leo Najorda
San Miguel BeerSol Mercado
Rico Maierhofer
Alex Cabagnot
Jason Deutchman
2016 2nd round pick
2017 2nd round pick
--- with reports from Spin.ph
PBA approves four-team, seven player trade as San Miguel let go of Cabagnot and welcome Mercado and Maierhofer PBA approves four-team, seven player trade as San Miguel let go of Cabagnot and welcome Mercado and Maierhofer Reviewed by Jay-R Bayon-on on 2/18/2014 Rating: 5

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