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Vic Manuel Headed To Phoenix, Heruela Traded To Alaska

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Veteran forward Vic Manuel got his wish to be traded away from Alaska Aces after being send to Phoenix Super LPG Fuel Masters in a two-team, two player trade on Tuesday.

Based on the approved deal by the PBA trade committee, Manuel is headed to the Fuel Masters along with the Aces’ first round and second round picks in the 2021 PBA Rookie Draft.

In exchange, the Aces will receive veteran guard Brian Heruela from the Fuel Masters along with Phoenix’s first round and second round picks in the upcoming draft and another first round pick in next year’s draft.

The approved trade finally puts an end to what had been a challenging period between Nueva Ecija-native Manuel and the Aces, which acquired him from defunct Air21 Express back in 2014.

In January, Manuel have requested to the Aces management to trade him away after refusing to accept the two-year maximum deal, with team option on the second year, offered to him.

The arrival of Manuel will further fortify the Fuel Masters bannered by Bacolodnon Justin Chua and Jason Perkins, who both play a key role in Phoenix’s semifinals finish in the 2020 PBA Philippine Cup.

Heruela, who is expected to be signed to a new deal by Alaska, will also bolster the Aces’ backcourt and will join fellow veterans Jvee Casio, Maverick Ahanmisi and Michael Digregorio.