Trading star point guard LA Tenorio was not an easy decision for the Alaska Aces.
So when they dealt the face of the franchise to Ginebra San Miguel in a monster five-team deal approved by the PBA on Friday, they made sure they get back players who could make up for the loss.
“We are taking a leap of faith, but a calculated one,” said Alaska team manager Joaqui Trillo.
Apart from Tenorio, the Aces also traded Wesley Gonzales and Hans Thiele to the Petron Blaze Boosters. In exchange, Alaska received JVee Casio, last year’s top overall pick, from GlobalPort to replace Tenorio, and veteran Dondon Hontiveros from Petron.
No less than Alaska chairman Wilfred Steven Uytengsu expressed his thrill about adding a young, improving point guard of Casio’s caliber to the squad.
“We believe JVee can bring a lot of dynamism to our team and has the youth to have a long career with Alaska,” said Uytengsu, who also welcomed Hontiveros.
“Although approaching the twilight of his career, we believe Dondon still has a great game and will open things up for us with his great shooting and occasional penetration. Plus he is a good defender and has strong leadership skills.”
Uytengsu took time to wish Tenorio the best for his stint with Alaska.
“We wish LA well and thank him for his leadership while he was wearing an Aces jersey. He will be successful wherever he goes,” Uytengsu said.
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