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Lassiter moves to Petron five

By WAYLON GALVEZ

Manila, Philippines – Already one of the powerhouse teams in the PBA, Petron Blaze will even become stronger once the trade proposal that centers on rookie forward Marcio Lassiter of Powerade gets the approval from the league’s Commissioner’s Office.

Reliable sources confirmed yesterday that the Boosters and the Tigers consummated the trade last Friday with Lassiter joining the already talented roster of Petron in exchange for sophomores Noy Baclao and Rey Guevara from Powerade.

The trade proposal, according to a person who has knowledge with the talks, has been forwarded to Commissioner, Atty. Angelico “Chito” Salud for approval.

Salud is currently in Japan for a business trip and will return by Thursday.

The decision to ship the 6-foot2 Lassiter to Petron only add to woes to the team following reports that top offi cials of The Coca-Cola Company based in Atlanta is reselling the franchise to the San Miguel Corp. (SMC) last week.

Powerade is a brand of CocaCola.

The Bulletin tried to get the reaction of JB Baylon, Powerade’s representative to the PBA Board of Governors, but a text message wasn’t answered as of press time.

Baylon already denied last week that there’s a sale with SMC.

Powerade guard Gary David, the Philippine Cup Best Player of the Conference (BPC) used his Twitter account to air his side, apparently a reaction to the news that Lassiter is being traded to Petron, saying: “This is unfair. No idea what’s happening with the team!!!“

Lassiter was tabbed No. 4 overall by the Tigers in last year’s PBA Rookie Draft following a solid stint with the Smart-Gilas Pilipinas.

Together with David and fellow rookie JVee Casio, the top pick in the Draft, they powered Powerade to the Finals of the all-Filipino conference, where they lost to reigning champion Talk ‘N Text in five games in the best-of-seven series.

Lassiter also figured in the BPC race, ranking third overall after the semifinal round behind David and Petron’s Arwind Santos, leading all rookies with 17 points per game average, while adding 6.1 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 1.5 steals.

He finished fourth after the voting.

A source also said that there are indeed talks to unload Petron center Rabah Al-Hussaini, with three teams interested in the 6-foot-7 sophomore center, including newcomer Shopinas.com, which will use the name Air21 starting in the Commissioner’s Cup on Friday.

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  • http://twitter.com/kierran_23 Kierran Escandor

    sorry magic time na by noli eala .. tsk2

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/4OG2AJRLV3IRYJFLX22UX34SXA prince

      nakakaasar nmn to… trade na namn pwede ba!!! nakakawalang gana to SMC na to kukunin pa lahat ng malalakas na player para mag champion sila.. nakakatamad talaga.. mayaman lang kayo eh. pera pera lang talaga.. balance nyo nmn mga team. ok na si lassiter jan eh kukunin nyo pa….coach na lang palitan nyo…n

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/OS4TJKVSVOEIDNGCQHODXZMYNU mark

      ang gagaling nyo, pera pera, advertisement nga diba ^_^, its not only basketball its also business lol! saka tignan nyo rin ang MVP teams and btw, wag kayo puro forum, improve your skills na lang mga guys!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jenny-Lyn-Gadiano/100000942886057 Jenny Lyn Gadiano

      nag rereklamo ka trade sa petron,,mas grave pa nga ang team ng talk & text nasa kanila lahat na ang magagaling..kong mag reklamo ka sa petron,,mag reklamo ka muna sa talk & text…..n

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Orlando-Barraquias/100001141115319 Orlando Barraquias

    unfair yun sa powerade e trade c lassiter, kai bacloa, guevarra, wala pang inigay na 2nd or 4th picks….

  • http://www.facebook.com/alo.roger Roger Alo

    mabuti pa trade lassiter to bagio………………..n

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000488151672 Michael James Dizon

    money.. money.. money..n

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000054086109 Nel Son

    imbis n mag palakas ang powerade kumuwa pa sila ng bulok….

    • http://twitter.com/sooperbeki sooperbeki

      correct. eh kasi kaya pala itretrade, ibebenta ren nila next confy ung powerade sa smc. bulok! pag natuloy yang trade na yan, ayawan na sa araneta, wag na tayu manood!!! ang lakas na ng petron! ano gustu nila next kuhain si james yap at paul lee? nga ulul!

  • Anonymous

    sana matu;oy iyong trade….n

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ako-SI-Dagul/100000192449234 Ako SI Dagul

    petron nice!:)

  • http://twitter.com/flores_juhan Juhan Flores

    TO >Mr. GARY DAVID . Bakit naman po unfair ang tRAde? kung tutuosin po mas lamang pa nga ang POWERADE sa trading ehh . ehh makukuha nyo yung 1st draft pick na c BACLAO at 3rd pick na c Guevara. mga kalidad naman na mga players ang ipapalit eh hndi naman pangit. kung sa tingin nyo bench players sila naku hindi po kc hindi lang talaga nabigyan ng playing time yung dalawa kc nga may mga nagmamay ari na ng position nila so you can’t see their potentials. try nyo kaya ilagay sila sa starting line up nyo tingnan mas gagaling pa sila .

    • http://twitter.com/sheyterrific iamsheyterrific

      kung tlga magaling sila pag sinasub sila nag proproduce sila db ? kasi puro extended minutes minsan ang starting 5 nio .

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/EXCIR6UFSBSMHKG3EGFRYTEAEQ trojan virus

    Ato agustin out Rajko Toroman in for Petron head coaching job.

  • http://twitter.com/sheyterrific iamsheyterrific

    isip isip ka nga kuya . panung hindi mag chachamp ang lkas ng mga kakampe . compare mo sa POW 3 lang misan ang gumagawa .tapos tatanggalan pa ng isa !n

  • http://twitter.com/sheyterrific iamsheyterrific

    unfair tlga dapat isa sa starting 5 ang pinang trade like santos pra 1 on 1 trade lang

  • http://twitter.com/manila_bulletin Manila Bulletin News

    Makikusap lang po kung pede po wag kayo magaway at limitahin ang pagmumura. Maraming Salamat po! :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jenny-Lyn-Gadiano/100000942886057 Jenny Lyn Gadiano

    wala kang magagawa kong bibilhin ng smc ang lahat ng team…hanggang sa panood nalang tayo sa p.b.a…kong ako sayo susuportahan mo nalang ang p.b.a!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Noel-Lagrimas/100000966251632 Noel Lagrimas

    unfair2x bumabangon plang nman ung powerade tpoz ganyan lang ang mangyayari,.ma sisira ung big 3 sayang nman,

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000362665408 Jessie Lor Perandos

    mas mganda kung si coach rajko nlang ang coach ng petron tapos asst. lng muna si coach ato……….