Saturday, January 21, 2012

Trade Rumors : Kerby Raymundo to Ginebra

If plans come to fruition, versatile big man Kerby Raymundo could be wearing a Ginebra uniform when the PBA Commissioner’s Cup starts next month.

Multiple sources told InterAKTV that B-MEG is working on a deal to send the 31-year-old forward to the Gin Kings. The Llamados could receive a package that includes Ginebra center Enrico Villanueva and forward JC Intal.

But since the two franchises are sister teams under the San Miguel Corporation umbrella, PBA rules allow no direct player transactions to be made between them. A source privy to the negotiations said that Barako Bull could serve as the third franchise in the deal, and that more players could be involved.

A 10-time all-star selection and a three-time member of the PBA mythical squad, Raymundo has been part of the Purefoods franchise since 2002, winning the Governors’ Cup finals Most Valuable Player award in his first tournament with the team. After missing most of last season due to injury, the former Letran stalwart made a triumphant return for the Llamados in the Philippine Cup, ranking first on the team in assists, second in rebounding, and third in scoring.

Curiously, B-MEG, Ginebra, and Barako Bull were also involved in a blockbuster deal last conference that sent Llamados forward Rico Maierhofer and Energy rookie Allein Maliksi to the Gin Kings.

Source: Reynaldo Belen, InterAKTV

Saturday, January 7, 2012

New Prospect Import of Bmeg, Denzel Bowles To join Llamados

Denzel Bowles, a marquee import prospect who has been excelling in Europe, will be joining B-MEG for the Commissioner’s Cup, which enforces no height limits on imports.

Llamados coach Tim Cone confirmed that Bowles has been able to get out of his commitment with Siaulai, a club team from Lithuania which competes in the Elite Division of the Baltic Basketball league, to fly to the Philippines on January 15.

“He has an out built-in to his contract, which we explored,” wrote Cone in a text message to InterAKTV. The veteran coach earlier expressed concern that Bowles would not be available because of the contract.

“He was able to get out of his contract with his club team from Lithuania. Only some minor details are needed to be fixed and he should be good to come over.”

Adding Bowles is a coup for the Llamados, who are aching to bounce back from a shocking loss in the Philippine Cup quarterfinals at the hands of Powerade. Before plying his wares in Europe, the 6-foot-10, 260-lb. Bowles was a star for the US NCAA’s James Madison University, where Cone’s daughter Nikki currently attends for college.

In his last game for Siaulai, Bowles finished with 27 points, eight rebounds and seven assists in leading his squad to a 110-104 double overtime win over Rudupis. His contract with the club was originally set to expire in April.

Source: Reynaldo Belen, InterAKTV 

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