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PBA: Phoenix trades Abueva to Magnolia for Banchero, draft picks

By: - Online Sports Editor / @CFColinaINQ
/ 09:38 AM February 17, 2021
Calvin Abueva Phoenix

Phoenix forward Calvin Abueva. PBA IMAGES

In a surprising move, Phoenix has traded away controversial forward Calvin Abueva to Magnolia for guard Chris Banchero and two draft picks.

The trade was approved by the PBA Commissioner’s office on Wednesday.

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The Fuel Masters have acquired Banchero along with the Hotshots’ sixth (first round) and 18th (second round) overall picks in the upcoming PBA rookie draft, which is rich in talent with a record number of applicants.

Chris Banchero Magnolia Hotshots

Magnolia guard Chris Banchero. PBA IMAGES

Magnolia, meanwhile, received Phoenix’s 10th overall draft pick along with Abueva, who returned to the league during its bubble conference following a lengthy suspension.

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Abueva, whose change in demeanor even earned him a nomination for the league’s Sportsmanship award, had just signed a three-year extension with Phoenix.

In a separate interview, Abueva said he wanted to repay the Fuel Masters’ trust with a title in the next three years.

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