PBA: Alaska and Abueva both needed a fresh start as Aces deal star forward to Phoenix

Paul Lintag on Aug 07, 2018 01:56 PM
PBA: Alaska and Abueva both needed a fresh start
"We felt as a franchise it was best for both Alaska and Calvin to have a fresh start at this time," Compton said in a message to the PBA Press Corps.

The shock move that is Alaska trading Calvin Abueva to Phoenix boils down to one simple reason.

And that is both the Aces and Abueva needed a fresh start.

In a statement Tuesday, almost immediately after the news of the trade made rounds on social media, head coach Alex Compton shared his team's sentiments on the sudden move.

[Related: PBA: Aces deal Calvin Abueva to Phoenix]

"We felt as a franchise it was best for both Alaska and Calvin to have a fresh start at this time," Compton said in a message to the PBA Press Corps.

After drafting Abueva no. 2 overall in 2012, Alaska won the Commissioner's Cup championship in 2013.

Alaska would make four more Finals appearances from 2015 to 2016 but the team lost three times to San Miguel Beer and once to Rain or Shine.

This season was a trying one for both Alaska and Calvin. Abueva went AWOL twice to deal with "personal issues" but after the second one early in the 2018 Commissioner's Cup, the Aces decided to suspend their star forward indefinitely.

Alaska finished as the no. 2 seed in the mid-season joust and the team broke their semis drought. The Aces eventually lost to San Miguel in the semis, 1-3.

Abueva didn't return to the court for Alaska and now, he finds himself headed to Phoenix to team up with former Alaska coaches Louie Alas and Topex Robinson.

In exchange, the Aces will receive a 2019 first-round pick and reserve Karl Dehesa.

"We would like to thank Calvin for his six years of service with Alaska and the good memories," Compton said.

 


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