PBA: Standhardinger calls trade rumors "scams"

Paul Lintag on Jun 27, 2018 06:26 PM
PBA: Standhardinger calls trade rumors
No. 1 pick Christian Standhardinger has missed a significant amount of time for defending champion San Miguel Beer in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup, his very first conference in the league following a stint with Hong Kong Eastern in the ABL.

Calm down with all those trade talks.

No. 1 pick Christian Standhardinger has missed a significant amount of time for defending champion San Miguel Beer in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup, his very first conference in the league following a stint with Hong Kong Eastern in the ABL.

And while Standhardinger has had respectable numbers, averaging 12.2 points and 7.2 rebounds, we're hardly seeing him on court due to lingering knee issues.

Standhardinger missed two games for the Beermen before he suited up for Gilas Pilipinas in the 2018 FIBA 3x3 World Cup earlier this month.

After the World Cup, he went scoreless for the Beermen in their loss to Globalport. He hasn't played since, missing San Miguel's twin victories over NLEX and TNT.

Trade rumors have since floated around for whatever reason.

But in a report by Waylon Galvez of Manila Bulletin on Wednesday, Standhardinger quickly shot the rumors down.

"I'm not worried about those scams," Standhardinger said per Galvez.

"I didn't even hear about me getting traded anywhere," he added.

Standhardinger has been at the center of trade talks early in his PBA career.

Before he was even drafted in the PBA, the Beermen engaged the then Kia Picanto in a controversial swap for the 2017 no. 1 pick. Many saw the move as San Miguel trying to get in position to take the Fil-German forward.

The deal went through, leading an intense PBA Board stalemate and an eventual change of PBA Commissioners.

San Miguel did end up taking Standhardinger first in the 2017 Draft.

However, Standhardinger will not waste time with rumors as he deals with his recovery from knee injury.

If he's indeed on the trading block though, he's confident he's the first to know. Otherwise, rumors are just rumors.

"I think that San Miguel Beer organization is professional so far, and they are all professional. So I’m pretty sure that I am the first one to know that I’ll get traded or not,” Standhardinger said.

San Miguel currently has no games on deck as the Commissioner's Cup is in a mini break to give way to Gilas Pilipinas.

The next time the Beermen will be on court will be on July 4 against Blackwater.

 


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