To add more ceilings and an experienced presence to the roster of Manila, Philippines, Blackwater has triggered a trade in which the seasoned big man Yousef sends Kurt Lozer to Converse in exchange.
The shuffle was cleared by the league on Saturday, turning it into a third deal involving the first round pick of the recent rookie draft.
During the annual election held last Sunday, Lojera, a product of La Salle, was ranked ninth overall, and Xavi Gomez de Liano at No. 8 had to settle the bassing after choosing Geneva.
Blackwater coach Ariel Vanguardia told the Inquirer that players from both clubs had a mutual interest in each other.
Just last Tuesday, Gomez de Liano was sent to Terafirma for Filipino-American forward Jeremiah Gray, the No. 2 pick in the draft who is currently undergoing surgically repaired knee rehabilitation in the United States.
In Taha, Blackwater has achieved a 6-foot-8 big man that has been tough in his 10-year league. He is the latest member of the Bossing Frontline to include Pardik Kelly Nabong, an older J. Washington, young Turks Andre Paras and Berkeley Ebona, and of course Brandon Ganuelas-Rossa’s top pick in the draft.
The Lojera, for its part, will be another addition to the FiberXer youth built around the remnants of the old Alaska Aces.
Blackwater managed just one win last PBA season বস a play-off against Magnolia in the final match of Bossing’s campaign during the Governors Cup.
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