CALVIN Abueva is now reunited with his San Sebastian teammate Ian Sangalang after a shocking deal Wednesday morning, sending the do-it-all forward to the Magnolia Hotshots Pambansang Manok.
Phoenix Fuel Masters dealt Abueva and a first-round pick to Magnolia for Chris Banchero along with two draft picks. The trade has been approved by the PBA.
The Fuel Masters acquired Banchero and Magnolia’s sixth overall pick as well as its second-round draft rights (18th pick overall) in the March 14 rookie draft while Magnolia got Abueva and Phoenix’s 2020 10th overall pick.
The deal shocked PBA fans as Abueva is considered as the cornerstone of the Fuel Masters’ franchise. In fact, he led Phoenix in the PBA Season 45 Philippine Cup Season played inside a bubble in Angeles, Pampanga.
Phoenix said in a statement that it was not an easy decision to let go of a player with the caliber of Abueva. The team has nothing but gratitude for his service.
“We thank Calvin for everything he has done for us, and we wish him all the best in his new journey,” said the team statement. “Yet at the same time, we are excited to acquire a first-round pick from a very deep draft, and together with Chris Banchero, who is a superstar in his own right, the team has a great opportunity to grow in the years to come.”
The recent development means that Abueva will now be playing alongside former San Sebastian teammate Sangalang. The deadly forwards had so much success when they played together for the Stags in the National Collegiate Athletic Association.
They were dubbed as the “Pinatubo Trio” with Abueva, Sangalang and Ronald Pascual.