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Phoenix trades No. 4 pick to NLEX, gets Mallari, Marcelo


With two days left before the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Draft, a high pick goes elsewhere.

NLEX acquired the fourth overall pick of the draft after a trade with Phoenix.

The Road Warriors announced on their social media account on Friday that PBA commissioner Willie Marcial approved the swap.

In the trade, NLEX will get the number four pick, while Phoenix will take Alex Mallari and Dave Marcelo.

The Road Warriors now have two first-round picks in Sunday’s draft as they also own the seventh pick, which is really their own.

On the other hand, the Fuel Masters will now have to wait until the 12th pick, the last for the first round, to get their turn in drafting a rookie, but they have two tested veterans in swingman Mallari and hardworking big man Marcelo. (PNA)