- The Alaska Aces traded Cyrus Baguio to the Phoenix Fuel Masters, only days before the start of the new PBA conference
- In exchange for Baguio, the Aces will receive two second-round draft picks in 2017 and 2018
- Alaska plays its first game of the new conference on Sunday against the Meralco Bolts
Just a few days before the start of the 2016 PBA Governors’ Cup, the Alaska Aces decided to send Cyrus Baguio to the Phoenix Fuel Masters for a pair of second-round draft picks.
The office of the Commissioner approved the surprising trade on Wednesday. Alaska will receive second round picks for the year 2017 and 2018.
Baguio, a 13-year PBA veteran, will be joining the fifth team of his career after playing for Red Bull, Air21, Ginebra, and Alaska.
The former UST player performed well during the previous conference, averaging 7.9 points, 2.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 23 minutes of action per game.
During the elimination round, the Aces finished third in the team standings with a win-loss record of 7-4.
In the quarterfinals, the Aces pulled off a win against the Tropang TNT in a best-of-three series. In the best-of-five semifinal series, Alaska defeated the Meralco Bolts in an upset victory during their do-or-die game.
However, the earlier rounds of the conference finally took its toll on the Aces, losing the best-of-seven final series to the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters after six games.
Baguio had a memorable time with Alaska, helping the team win the 2010 Fiesta Cup title and the 2013 Commissioner’s Cup championship. He was named as the co-Finals MVP in their 2010 championship, the 2008 Most Improve Player, the 2004 Slam Dunk Champion and an eight-time All-Star. He has a career average of 11 points per game, 3.2 rebounds and 2.6 assists.
The Alaska Aces will play its first game for the 2016 Governors’ Cup on Sunday, July 17, against the Meralco Bolts.