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Sa Wakas! Alaska Coach Cariaso Relieved As Manuel Traded Away

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Alaska Aces head coach Jeffrey Cariaso is now relieved after granting the trade request of veteran forward Vic Manuel, who is headed to Phoenix Super LPG Fuel Masters in exchange for Brian Heruela.

Interviewed by Reuben Terrado of Spin.ph, Cariaso said that he is glad that the Manuel trade saga is now over as they can now focus on building their roster ahead of the 2021 PBA season.

“Trading Vic was very challenging these past six weeks. There were several offers from different teams that either fell off the table or we simply did not want to accept,” Cariaso said.

“Finally, we’ve come to a deal with Phoenix that will give us a better a opportunity to draft marquee talents in both rounds. Plus give us an extra first round pick next year,” he added.

Fuel Masters team manager Paolo Bugia, meanwhile, welcomed the arrival of Nueva Ecija-native Manuel after losing Calvin Abueva recently in a trade with Magnolia Hotshots.

“We just want to be competitive and be a contender,” said Bugia in a separate interview with Spin.ph.