Manila, Philippines – Barangay Ginebra, looking to improve its campaign in the ongoing PBA Philippine Cup, has added youthful players Rico Maierhofer and rookie Allein Maliksi following a three-team, six-player trade that also involved its sister-team B-Meg and Barako Bull.
A reliable source disclosed this yesterday, adding that the trade proposal was agreed by all parties concerned and will be forwarded to the PBA Commissioner’s Office for approval.
“The trade will benefit the teams, and it’s also good for the league that we have this kind of deals,” said the source, who is privy to the negotiations but asked not to be named as the trade has yet to be approved by Commissioner Chito Salud.
The 6-foot-6 Maierhofer and the 6-foot-4 Maliksi are expected to energize the Kings’ aging frontline, which is something the coaching staff is hoping to improve as they will join a team that includes former MVP Eric Menk, Enrico Villanueva, Niño Canaleta, JC Intal, Billy Mamaril, Willy Wilson and rookie Reil Cervantes.
Maierhofer, who won Rookie of the Year honors in 2009, is regaining his old form after being sidelined late last season with an Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injury, while Maliksi – the first MVP in the PBA D-League – is playing superb after he was tabbed No. 8 overall pick in the last Rookie Draft by Barako Bull.
Ginebra coach Siot Tanquingcen has said that they are hoping to improve their roster and get young players to be more competitive not only this conference but for the coming seasons. The Kings currently sport an even 4-4 record.
In return, B-Meg will get veteran center Yancy de Ocampo, while Barako Bull, which acted as conduit, will receive sophomore guard Jimbo Aquino plus two additional rookie picks, one each in the 2013 and 2014 Rookie Draft. (Waylon Galvez)
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