PBA approves Magnolia – Alaska swap

Alaska consummated its second player movement under the Jeff Cariaso-era after the Wilfred Uytengsu-owned squad dealt disgruntled guard Chris Banchero to Magnolia for big man Rodney Brondial and sniper Robbie Herndon.

The Aces, who are currently struggling in the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup with only 2 wins to show in 8 starts, earlier shipped former Gilas cadet Carl Bryan Cruz to Blackwater for rookie Abu Tratter.

The Magnolia-Alaska deal was first reported by Spin.ph’s Snow Badua through his Twitter account.

Cariaso neither confirmed nor denied the swap and insisted that team management disallowed him from commenting on the issue.

Sources, however, confirmed that the deal has already been agreed upon by the two teams involved and that the trade papers are already at the league office for approval.

The 30-year old Banchero was reportedly unhappy under the system of former Alaska coach Alex Compton and was only persuaded upon by Uytengsu himself to stay on. The resignation of Compton and appointment of Cariaso to the team’s top coaching post, apparently, wasn’t enough for the Fil-Italian guard to reconsider his request to be moved.

UPDATE: The deal was approved by Commissioner Willie Marcial on Sunday, November 2.

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