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Kramer psyched to join Barako Bull

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The PBA has approved a revised deal that makes Doug Kramer the newest member of the Barako Bull Energy.

The league confirmed that it has approved the trade that would have the Powerade Tigers sending the vastly-improved slotman to Barako Bull in exchange for backup power forward Jondan Salvador and a first round pick in the upcoming draft. The transaction is a revision on a deal that the PBA earlier vetoed, that had Kramer and Salvador exchanging places without any draft picks involved.

On Twitter, Kramer expressed excitement over his new team. “Looking forward to the next chapter, I’m now a Barako Bull!” he wrote.

But he also expressed gratefulness for being part of Powerade Tigers, with whom he spent two conferences.

“Powerade, although my shortest stint, has had the most impact in my career. Can’t thank enough my teammates, coaches, and management, for helping my career. The finals run I will never forget. And I’m so glad things ended on a happy and helpful note.”

Kramer was one of the key players responsible for the Tigers’ Cinderella run to the Philippine Cup finals, where he finished second to Petron Blaze superstar Arwind Santos in rebounding and led all players in double-doubles. His numbers went down in the Commissioner’s Cup, as he was displaced from his starting spot by Powerade import Dwayne Jones.

According to a highly-placed team source, the former Ateneo slotman was seeking a three-year contract extension, but Coca-Cola management was only offering members of the team a maximum of one year on each new deal.

The move to offer Kramer a mere one-year deal fans further speculation about Powerade’s future in the PBA. Despite assurances from management that the squad is staying in the league, observers wonder whether the team will stay true to its promise after the team’s moves to trade key players, including Kramer and Marcio Lassiter, who was sent to Petron Blaze last month.

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