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Austria brushes off Standhardinger’s rumored trade to Magnolia: “He’s happy with SMB”

San Miguel coach Leo Austria admitted that he has heard of rumors regarding Christian Standhardinger’s supposed trade to sister team Magnolia after the Beermen annexed the Philippine Cup title over the Hotshots earlier in the season but said that he hasn’t been informed by management of such plans.

“It happened before the second conference. But as of now, I don’t have any information coming from the management about the trade,” bared Austria.

Despite the 6-foot-8 Fil-German’s limited exposure during the recently concluded Commissioner’s Cup which the Beermen also won over corporate rival TNT, Austria feels that Standhardinger is satisfied with his role in the powerhouse team.

“If you noticed the way he played in the championship, it seems to him that he’s happy with his role. That’s why I keep thanking him for a job well done according to roles,” said the 61-year old mentor from Sariaya, Quezon.

For his part, Standhardinger prefers to keep focused on the task at hand and help the Beermen in any way he can.

“Whatever the management does, as a player I stay away from those questions. I just play my game, whatever happens, happens. I don’t really think about those things. I just go as hard as possible and try to contribute as much as possible,” explained the 2-time PBA champion who was named as Best Player of the Game during the title-clinching Game 6 of the Finals.

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