REPORTS have circulated that big man Raymond Almazan has been MIA for quite some time now and it doesn’t look good for the languishing Rain or Shine Elastopainters – who are yet to win in this year’s iteration of the Governor’s Cup.
The love-hate relationship between Garcia and Almazan has already been well-documented, but could this be the nail in the coffin for the two of them? Should the Elastopainters consider shipping the former Letran stalwart to another team?
Today, we examine the teams who could be interested in trading for the beleaguered big man.
Phoenix Fuel Masters
— Louie Alas (@CoachLouieAlas) October 9, 2018
Fuel Masters head coach Louie Alas’ tweet says it all.
Phoenix is no stranger in taking in disgruntled stars, as they did acquire Calvin Abueva a few months ago. Moreover, a potential Almazan trade for the Fuel Masters will be a Letranite reunion of sorts since Alas was able to mentor the lanky forward back in his collegiate days. The thought of having a Abueva-Almazan frontcourt will be scary for opposing teams, especially on defense. Add along to the fact that they have one of the league’s top snipers in Matthew Wright and Phoenix will be playoff contenders for the foreseeable future.
As for Rain or Shine, they might consider doing a full-scale rebuild by acquiring some of Phoenix’s young cagers like Jason Perkins, Justin Chua, or even Joseph Eriobu plus some draft picks.
Since the Terrence Romeo trade, TNT’s frontcourt looked thin- especially when Kelly Williams and Anthony Semerad had their share of injuries.
That’s where a 6’8” Raymond Almazan should come in.
In order to compete with the likes of Ginebra and San Miguel, the MVP-backed squad would need to bolster their frontline by prying Almazan away from Rain or Shine. In return, they might consider shipping away someone like RR Garcia and their draft picks to compensate.
The Aces have been doing a remarkable job by having only one loss so far in this Governor’s Cup. However, their aging frontline remains a concern for the Uytengsu-backed franchise. Besides the emerging Vic Manuel, their frontcourt consists of guys like Noy Baclao, Jake Pascual, Sony Thoss, and seldom-used Carl Bryan Cruz.
Perhaps Alaska would like to ship away their seldom-used players (and a couple of draft picks) for Raymond Almazan. A lineup consisting of Banchero-Casio-Teng-Manuel-Almazan is more than capable to make some noise come the postseason.