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Mercado insists blockbuster Pringle trade not one-sided

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Naysayers online talk have been saying that the recent trade between the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel and the NorthPort Batang Pier that saw star guard Stanley Pringle shipped to the Kings in exchange for Sol Mercado, Jervy Cruz, and Kevin Ferrer was a one-sided deal.

But for Mercado, one of the best two-way guards in the PBS to date, the deal wasn’t unfair as he thinks that people tend to forget that with Ginebra, under coach Tim Cone, sacrifices have to be made for the betterment of the team.

Those sacrifices include the output and minutes they log in every game, the 11-year veteran said.

“What they don’t realize is that at Ginebra, we make a lot of sacrifices. Me, Kevin, Jervy – we made a lot of sacrifices for the benefit of the team,” he said.

“It’s not that we can’t play this style of game.”

Mercado was a Gin King for four years and has won 2 rings. He knows that Pringle will also have to sacrifice for Ginebra.

“He’s not gonna average 30 points a game, he’s not gonna have the ball in his hands majority of the time. So he’s gonna have to adjust, make sacrifices to be able to play a different style.”