Alaska trades Vic Manuel to Phoenix

Vic Manuel finally got his wish.

The bruising Alaska forward is heading to Phoenix after the PBA approved the trade involving the two teams on Tuesday, February 23.

Alaska dealt Manuel, a first-round pick (No. 7 overall), and a second-round pick (No. 19) in the March 14 draft in exchange for Brian Heruela, a first-round pick (No. 6), and a second-round pick (No. 16) from Phoenix.

Phoenix also included its first-round pick in the 2022 draft.

Manuel first signed a one-year deal with Alaska before being traded, his agent Danny Espiritu said.

Phoenix lost star forward Calvin Abueva after shipping him to Magnolia last week in exchange for Chris Banchero, but it immediately bolstered its frontcourt with the addition of Manuel.

Manuel averaged 15.6 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 2.2 assists last season as he led Alaska to a quarterfinal appearance in the Philippine Cup.

Alaska, meanwhile, received a veteran point guard in Heruela, who normed 5.4 points, 2.9 rebounds, and 2.1 assists as he helped Phoenix reach the All-Filipino semifinals. –

Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.