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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.

comments
  • 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……….