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Published on November 16, 2011

With a few minor revisions to the earlier trade proposal, PBA Commissioner Chito Salud has approved the deal that sends high flying forwards Allein Maliksi and Rico Maierhofer to Barangay Ginebra in exchange for center Yancy De Ocampo, guard Jimbo Aquino, and future draft picks. 

In addition to De Ocampo, draft modifications see B-Meg receiving Ginebra’s 2012 second round pick. Barako will be getting Aquino plus Ginebra’s 2013 first round pick in the PBA Draft. The Commissioner’s Office reserves the right to modify trade proposals to make sure the all the teams involved benefit from the deal.

Ginebra gets its much coveted frontcourt upgrade with the arrival of the prolific scorer Maliksi, former UST Growling Tiger and inaugural PBA D-League MVP, and Maierhofer, a scrappy and athletic forward from De La Salle University and the 2010 PBA Rookie of the Year. 

B-Meg adds more size with the entry of De Ocampo, a 6’9” center with a deft touch from mid-range while Barako Bull bolsters its guard rotation with Jimbo Aquino, former top gun of the San Sebastian Stags who found difficulty finding playing time behind star guards Mark Caguioa and Jayjay Helterbrand in Ginebra’s backcourt rotation. 

Ginebra Kings head coach Siot Tanquingcen expressed delight upon hearing of the trade approval, but says his newly acquired players will have to ease their way in the rotation by working hard in practice. 

“Depende kung gaano kabilis sila maka-adjust sa practice, maka-develop ng chemistry with the team on and off the court. But I’m confident because they are talented players. 

This is good because now we have more versatility in our frontcourt,” said Tanquingcen. (JVelasquez)


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