Defending champion Brgy. Ginebra pushed through with the long-rumored trade involving high-flying forward Chris Ellis which was met with mixed reaction from its throng of fans.
The Gin Kings sealed the deal with the Blackwater Elite with Ellis and sophomore Art dela Cruz as the key pieces. Center Dave Marcelo and bruiser Raymond Aguilar were also part of the package.
With Grand Slam-seeking San Miguel Beermen looming as strong favorites to dethrone the league’s most popular team, Brgy. Ginebra shored up its frontline with the addition of the second-generation dela Cruz.
Blackwater on the other hand also got an additional boost on the wings to complement rookie Mac Belo.