• Mahindra swaps players with San Miguel teams

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    The Mahindra Floodbusters consummated two separate trades with the three teams of the San Miguel Corporation umbrella, which were approved by Commissioner Chito Narvasa on Thursday.

    In one transfer transaction, Mahindra sent Paolo Taha to Ginebra for Franklin Bonifacio and Dennice Villamor.

    But the more stellar deal was the one the Floodbusters agreed upon with the Star Hotshots and the San Miguel Beermen.

    Mahindra shipped Aldrech Ramos to Star and Keith Agovida to San Miguel in exchange for Alex Mallari and Ryan Araña.

    In the said trade, RR Garcia was sent to San Miguel, which sent it’s 2018 first round pick to Mahindra, from Star, which also acquired Mahindra’s 2017 second round pick.

    The acquisition of Mallari and Araña will provide some veteran smarts to a very young Flood­busters core led by Gilas draft selection Russel Escoto.

    Ramos, on the other hand, returns to the Hotshots, where he spent his rookie season.

    Garcia, meanwhile, goes to a loaded guard roster in the Beermen camp following a one-conference stint with the Hotshots.

    Finally, Taha hopes to give the Barangay some flexibility at the shooting guard spot as Coach Tim Cone looks to employ the small-ball formula that landed them the Governors’ Cup title.

    PNA

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