Guiao says NLEX commerce with Blackwater a win for everybody


Yeng Guiao: At all times looking out for bigs. —PBA IMAGES

NLEX coach Yeng Guiao needs his former backup huge man again, and is keen to offer away two promising function gamers whom he sees have little possibilities of blossoming within the PBA as a part of the Street Warriors.

Guiao is sending wide-bodied ahead Will McAloney and shifty guard Mike Ayonayon to Blackwater in alternate for Marion Magat and a future draft decide.

“We’re at all times looking out for bigs who can provide us higher measurement, and Marion matches that function,” Guiao, who additionally serves because the membership’s normal supervisor, advised the Inquirer on Monday.

A reunion

Ought to the proposal be authorised by the Commissioner’s Workplace, Magat will likely be reunited with Guiao, whom he performed for a majority of the 2019 season. He was a task participant with the Street Warriors earlier than changing into a commerce piece in an elaborate three staff deal that despatched defensive ace Poy Erram to TNT.

Guiao stated that the deal will profit Ayonayon and McAloney, as stints with the rebuilding Bossing may totally unlock their promise. The pair discovered itself on the deep finish of the Street Warriors’ bench over the last convention regardless of first rate performances within the Philippine Cup bubble final yr.

“It’s additionally good for Mike and Will since its been tough for them to play important minutes in our rotation,” stated Guiao. “They’ll get higher alternatives at Blackwater the place they will maximize their potential.”

Magat’s return bolsters an NLEX entrance line composed of Raul Soyud, Mike Miranda and veteran JR Quiñahan.

Magat averaged 5.5 factors, 4.8 assists and one block in a mean of just below 17 minutes in 10 video games for the Bossing within the final Philippine Cup. Blackwater, by the way, misplaced all of its 11 elimination spherical video games extending to 19, a dropping streak that began within the bubble in 2020.

Slot presence wanted

Guiao stated in an interview earlier this month that he intends to pay extra consideration on the staff’s presence within the paint, which was additionally the motivation behind bringing in former TNT import KJ McDaniels, who throughout his first stint within the PBA was additionally a prolific rebounder.

PBA golf equipment are sometimes at all times seeking a good huge man as they’ve been traditionally uncommon within the league. They develop into much more wanted throughout import-spiced tournaments the place foreigners develop into the anchor of many groups’ techniques.

The Governors’ Cup is slated to open every week after its unique Nov. 28 schedule as solely three imports have thus far planed in. INQ

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