By Brian Yalung
A whirlwind of trades the past two days has shaken up the PBA, seeing some familiar names shipped from one team to another even as the league goes on a temporary hiatus until August.
Everything started yesterday when a three-team trade involving Talk ‘n Text, Meralco and Barako Bull saw five players switching teams.
Jared Dillinger, currently on the injured list will now be with the Meralco Bolts together with Don Allado who was put in the mix by Barako Bull.
For their part, Talk ‘n Text landed Sean Anthony formerly of Barako Bull while Ronjay Buenafe and Gilbert Bulawan are now with the Energy Colas.
On paper, it seems that Meralco benefited from the trade although it is still uncertain when Dillinger would be back in harness.
Allado brings experience and toughness to coach Ryan Gregorio. Hopefully his arrival can help out current big men in the fold that includes Jay-R Reyes and Vic Manuel.
The acquisition of Allado also reunites him with his former coach when they were both at Purefoods. Allado also reunites with former Green Archers, Mac Cardona and Carlos Sharma.
Sean Anthony, a much coveted fixture during the last PBA draft never really got to shine with Barako Bull the way he did with the Powerade Tigers. Hopefully his skills and heads up attitude will fill in the gaping hole left by Dillinger and the injured Kelly Williams.
On the part of Barako Bull, they add another scorer in Ronjay Buenafe. But the sailing may get rough for the Ronjay considering he has to contend with other players who play the same spot.
This includes Mark Macapagal, Allein Maliksi, Jonas Villanueva and Jojo Duncil, who all play the two guard position. The same goes for Gilbert Bulawan who may have an uphill climb ahead of him if he intends to get playing time from coach Rajko Toroman.
A day later, another whirlwind of trades happened.
This time around, Japeth Aguilar, Jay Washington, Yousif Taha, Elmer Espiritu and Jason Deutchmann will be switching PBA teams as PBA Commissioner Salud gave his approval.
To summarize it all, Ginebra landed Japeth Aguilar, Globalport got Jay Washington, Yousif Taha plus a first round 2013 draft pick, Barako Bull lands Elmer Espiritu while Petron gets Jason Deutchman plus a 2016 and 2017 second round picks.
The obvious winner here is Ginebra with the acquisition of Aguilar. This reunites Japeth with his former Ateneo buddy LA Tenorio and former Gilas buddies, Dylan Ababou and Mac Barracael.
Globalport was able to get another certified PBA superstar in Jay Washington, a proven winner who knows what it takes a PBA championship. His entry adds more experience and firepower to the already potent roster which includes Sol Mercado, Gary David, and Willie Miller. Taha is expected to beef up the height and muscle of the Batang Pier five.
Barako adds another high flyer in Espiritu who may just find himself battling the already congested forward position of the Energy Colas.
As for Petron, the entry of rookie Deutchman is not expected to impact the Boosters that much and from the looks of it, Deutchman may find himself fighting to get extended minutes over at the Petron camp.
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