MANILA – In an effort to bolster its frontline, Barangay Ginebra has acquired the services of big man JayR Reyes, sending its power forward Kerby Raymundo to the Meralco Bolts in a season-ending trade.
Philippine Basketball Association commissioner Chito Salud approved the trade yesterday after weeks of negotiations between Ginebra and Meralco.
With the trade, Raymundo fulfilled his wish to be reunited with his former coach Ryan Gregorio.
Raymundo played for Purefoods (now San Mig Coffee) that won the 2009-2010 PBA Philippine Cup title under coach Gregorio.
On the other hand, the crowd-favorite Ginebra has now a legitimate center with the acquisition of the 6-foot-seven Reyes.
The presence of Reyes is expected to significantly boost the frontline of Ginebra which is also set to get 7-footer Greg Slaughter in the forthcoming PBA draft.
Meanwhile, the PBA D-League will unfold tomorrow with 14 teams set to play a single round robin with 13 games each.
Out of five founding members NLEX, Blackwater, Boracay Rum, Café France and Cebuana Lhuillier, the PBA’s farm league has expanded to 14 school-based teams such as ZambalesM-Builders(Trinity College), Derulo Accelero (UP), Banco de Oro (NU) and Arellano University (Air 21 Express).
Even Cebuana Lhuillier Gems is peopled with UE students and the NLEX Road Warriors using San Beda College players
The other ballclubs are Big Chill Superchargers and the Cagayan Valley Rising Suns and Wangs Basketball.
Another feature added to spice up the D League is the 3 on 3 tournament where Group A Bracket listed Cebuana Lhuillier Gems, Café France Bakers, Zambales M-Builders and Wangs Basketball.
Group B has Boracay Rum Waves, Jumbo Plastic Linoleum, Hog’s Breath Café, Banco De Oro and NLEX Road Warriors; even, as Group C pops up with Blackwater Sports, Derulo Accelero, Big Chill Superchargers, Arellano University and Cagayan Valley Rising Suns.*PNA
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