Trade, Rumors and Transactions around the League
|Tuesday October 16, 2018|
|Alaska Aces Re-activated Marion Magat in lieu of Ronald Pascual, whohas been relegated to the team's Injured/Reserve List.|
Kevin Murphy fined P5,000.00 for the FFP1 committed against Calvin Abueva.
Louie Alas fined P5,000.00 for entering the court during altercation.
Paolo Bugia fined P5,000.00 for entering the court during altercation.
Doug Kramer fined P5,000.00 for entering the court during altercation.
Willie Wilson fined P5,000.00 for entering the court during altercation.
JC Intal fined P5,000.00 for entering the court during altercation.
Rey Guevara fined P5,000.00 for entering the court during altercation.
LA Revilla fined P5,000.00 for entering the court during altercation.
Caesar Polhen fined P5,000.00 for entering the court during altercation.
Jaypee Mendoza fined P5,000.00 for entering the court during altercation.
Henry Walker P1,600.00 for technical foul and P20,000.00 for throwing his mouthguard that made contact on referee Nino Cortez.
Will we see an Alaska vs SMB quarterfinal? See PBA scenarios
What are the possible places of Ginebra? No. 1 and No. 2
How can Ginebra get No. 1? The Gin Kings get No. 1 outright with a win over TNT.
Ginebra can still end up in a four-way tie for first place with an 8-3. Can Ginebra still be at No. 1 after a loss to TNT? Yes, as long as Phoenix beats Blackwater on Saturday as the Kings won in all their games against Magnolia, Alaska, and Phoenix.
How will Ginebra end up at No. 2? The Kings will finish at No. 2 with a loss to TNT and a win by Blackwater over Phoenix as Magnolia will have the highest quotient among Ginebra, Alaska, and Blackwater (in that order) in the event of a four-way tie.
With the loss to Ginebra last Sunday, can Magnolia still get the No. 1 seed? Yes, as long as Ginebra loses to TNT and Blackwater beats Phoenix on Saturday. The Hotshots’ 34-point win over the Elite will prove to be crucial as they will have the superior quotient if they end up in a four-way tie with Ginebra, Alaska, and Blackwater.
Can Magnolia still be at No. 2? Yes, if Ginebra beats TNT on Sunday and Blackwater beats Phoenix. Magnolia will end up in a tie with Alaska and Blackwater but will obtain No. 2 by virtue of a +44 quotient, thanks to victories against the Aces and the Elite in the eliminations.
What is the lowest seed Magnolia can obtain? Despite their stellar play in the conference, Magnolia can still finish at No. 4 if it ends up in a tie with Ginebra, Alaska, and Phoenix. The Hotshots are 1-2 against those teams, having lost to Ginebra and Phoenix by a total of 20 points. It will be the same case in a three-way tie for second between Alaska and Phoenix due to a -3 quotient.
What is the possible seed Alaska can get? The Aces have clinched No. 3 regardless of the results of the remaining matches.
What is the highest seed Phoenix can obtain? The Fuel Masters are still in contention for the No. 2 spot.
How can Phoenix get that No. 2 spot? A Phoenix win over Blackwater will give the Fuel Masters the second-seed as they will have the highest quotient of +2 among Alaska and Magnolia in the event of a three-way tie.
If Phoenix loses to Blackwater, what seed can they get? The Fuel Masters will miss out on a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals if they lose to Blackwater, since they can end up either at No. 5 or No. 6. Phoenix will get No. 5 if San Miguel loses to Meralco, while it will drop to No. 6 if San Miguel beats Meralco as the Beermen won over the Fuel Masters by 17 in the elimination round.
Is San Miguel already out of contention for a twice-to-beat advantage? Yes.
What is the possible seed of San Miguel? No. 5 and No. 6
How can the Beermen get No. 5? Through a win against Meralco and a Phoenix loss to Blackwater. The Beermen will take the tiebreaker in such a scenario, having won over the Fuel Masters in the elimination round.
How can the Beermen get No. 6? Through a Blackwater win over Phoenix, regardless of the result of SMB's match against Meralco as the Elite won over the Beermen in the eliminations. In case of a tie with NLEX, the Beermen will still be at No. 6 having beaten the Road Warriors in the eliminations.
What are the possible seeds of NLEX? No. 7 or No. 8
How can NLEX get No. 7? NLEX will get the No. 7 seed with a win over Rain or Shine, regardless of the result of the San Miguel-Meralco match.
How can NLEX land at No. 8? If NLEX loses to Rain or Shine, Meralco beats San Miguel, and TNT loses to Ginebra, the Road Warriors and the Bolts will end up in a tie for seventh place. The Bolts though will claim No. 7 as they beat the Road Warriors in the elims.
NLEX can still end up in a three-way tie for seventh with Meralco and TNT. What will happen then? The Road Warriors have the superior quotient, so they will claim the seventh seed, while the Bolts and KaTropa will battle for the eighth and final spot in the quarterfinals.
Where is Meralco now in the team standings? The Bolts are tied with TNT at eighth place with a 4-6 card.
Has Meralco clinched a quarterfinal berth? No, as they need to win against San Miguel, and for TNT to lose to Ginebra to advance to the playoffs outright.
What is the highest seed Meralco can get? Despite their struggles in the conference, the Bolts can still get No. 7, but only if they win over San Miguel and end up in a tie with NLEX in the standings.
What happens if Meralco and TNT are still tied for eighth at the end of the eliminations? As per league rules, the two teams tied for the eighth and final playoff spot will battle in a playoff match.
Where is TNT now in the team standings? The KaTropa are tied with Meralco at eighth place with a 4-6 card.
Has TNT clinched a quarterfinal berth? No, as they still need to beat Ginebra, and for Meralco to lose to San Miguel to advance to the playoffs outright.
What is the highest seed TNT can get? The KaTropa, with a victory over Ginebra, can only go as high as No. 8 , even if it ends up in a tie for seventh with NLEX as the Road Warriors won in their elimination round contest.
What happens if TNT and Meralco are still tied for eighth at the end of the eliminations? The two teams will battle in a playoff for the eighth-seed.
- Ginebra can still be No. 1 or No. 2
- Magnolia can still be No. 1 or No. 4
- Alaska has already secured No. 3
- Phoenix can still be No. 2 and have a twice-to-beat advantage, or at No. 5, or No. 6 without a twice-to-beat advantage
- Blackwater can still be No. 4 and have twice-to-beat advantage, or No. 5
- San Miguel can still be No. 5 or No. 6
- NLEX can still be No. 6 or No. 7
- Meralco can still be No. 7, No. 8, play off for No. 8, or out of the quarterfinals
- TNT can still be No. 8, play off for No. 8, or out of the quarterfinals
PBA looking to enforce no-trade clause on players going 'AWOL'
THE PBA is planning to adopt measures to prevent a repeat of incidents of players holding out on their mother ballclubs.
A proposal is on the table for teams not to touch players who had gone ‘AWOL’ (absent without leave), like the recent case of Rain or Shine big man Raymund Almazan and former Alaska star Calvin Abueva.
Under the plan, no team will be allowed to accommodate the player until his mother ballclub decides to trade him.
“I think it’s about time. You are professionals being paid to play tapos bigla na lang mawawala or hindi magpapakita without speaking to management,” said one board of governor who refused to be named pending to the approval of the measure.
“Kung may problema, bring it up to the attention of management para makapag-usap and maayos."
So who’s winning the 2018 PBA Rookie of the Year award?
With three of the best first-year players this season ineligible to win the Rookie of the Year award, who will be this season’s winner?
Despite undoubtedly being three of the best rookies this season, no one from Kiefer Ravena, Christian Standhardinger, and Paul Zamar (who was drafted in 2012, but only made his PBA debut this season) will be crowned as the top rookie. All three were not able to compete in at least 70 percent of their teams’ games during the season for various reasons.
While the ineligibility of the three aforementioned players has significantly lessened the excitement for the raward race, it does open up the door for some of the less talked about rookies to steal the spotlight.
Rey Nambatac has slowly earned the trust of Rain or Shine head coach Caloy Garcia to give him more minutes to develop, but despite the watered down competition for the award, his overall production still isn’t enough to strongly contend. The promising guard out of Letran is only averaging 4.9 points, 2.6 rebounds, and 1.3 assists in almost 15 minute per game this season.
Jeron Teng started out the season strong for the Alaska Aces with his Philippine Cup performance, but has since struggled to find his groove in the succeeding two conferences. The former De La Salle University Green Archer is averaging 7.3 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 1.5 assists in a little over 19 minutes per game.
It seems like it’s Jason Perkins — the other, less-famous rookie from La Salle — who will most likely end up winning the Rookie of the Year plum. The burly lefty forward has been a consistent presence for the Phoenix Fuel Masters despite the arrival of different imports and of former Alaska franchise player Calvin Abueva. For the season, Perkins is averaging 11.9 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 1.5 assists per game — solid numbers that will most likely be more than enough to win the award.
Do you think anyone else merits consideration?
PBA cites rule that led to Mike DiGregorio's automatic ejection
THE PBA slaps an automatic ejection to any player who throws the ball at an opponent.
That was the explanation of league officials on Sunday night after Backwater guard Mike DiGregorio was thrown out in the second quarter of its PBA Governors Cup match against Phoenix.
The incident occurred following a hard foul by Blackwater’s JP Erram on Phoenix import Eugene Phelps in the second quarter of their match at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
Replays showed DiGregorio threw the ball in the general direction of Phelps although it appeared that there was no intention to escalate the situation.
PBA commissioner Willie Marcial, however, said the league has a hard and fast rule that throwing the ball at an opponent will be punished by an automatic ejection.
“Mahina o malakas [ang bato ng bola, ejected ka] kasi nagti-trigger ng away,” said Marcial.
Standhardinger, Banchero, Lee vie for Governors' Cup BPC award
Christian Standhardinger, Paul Lee and Chris Banchero lead the race for the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup Best Player of the Conference award.
San Miguel's Standhardinger paces the stats race but Magnolia's Lee and Alaska's Banchero have made a case for themselves in leading their teams to the finals in the season-ending tourney.
Standhardinger is the runaway leader in the stats race among the locals with 41.9 SPs (statistical points) a game but his team failed to make the semifinals.
Stanley Pringle of NorthPort (34) is in second, while Ginebra's Japeth Aguilar (32.9) ranks third. Rounding out the top five are Lee (31.64) and Banchero (31.56).
Banchero was third through the eliminations but dropped down to fifth as his numbers went down with the ankle injury he suffered in their last game in the eliminations. But both Lee and Banchero could boost their respective drives in the finals which start December 5.
Rumor or Fact: Is Blackwater willing to trade No. 2 draft pick for Romeo?
RUMOR: Blackwater, holding the second overall pick in the upcoming 2018 PBA Rookie Draft, is ready to send the rights to TNT KaTropa for high-scoring guard Terrence Romeo.
FACT: Rumors of the supposed trade proposal have been going around for weeks now, the talk gaining steam with the annual draft proceedings fast approaching.
Even Blackwater team owner Dioceldo Sy admitted getting wind of the rumor, though he attested that as of now, he has yet to receive a single trade offer for the draft pick, much less from TNT.
"I heard about it, but they haven't approached me yet," he told Spin.ph when asked about the supposed trade offer.