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PBA approves Belo-Amer trade in revised deal

Baser Amer and Mac Belo will officially switch teams as the PBA approved the trade between Meralco and Blackwater on Thursday, February 4.

Originally a one-on-one deal, the trade was revised to get the green light from the league, with Meralco including veteran big man Bryan Faundo in the package.

Amer and Faundo will try to bring their winning experience to Blackwater, which made the playoffs only 4 times in franchise history and has yet to reach the semifinals.

In 5 seasons with Meralco, Amer and Faundo helped the team reach the PBA Finals thrice.

Amer – drafted by Meralco in 2015 – averaged 9.0 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 2.7 assists last PBA season, while Faundo – who has been in the league since 2009 – normed 2.4 points and 2.5 rebounds.

"To gain something of value, you unfortunately must lose something of value as well. We thank Baser and Bryan and we recognize all of their contributions," said Meralco head coach Norman Black in a statement.

"We wish them nothing but the best in their career."

Meanwhile, Belo will seek to start fresh at Meralco after his first 4 seasons in the PBA with Blackwater got marred by injuries.

Belo, the top pick by Blackwater in the special Gilas Pilipinas draft in 2016, put up 11.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 1.0 assist per game last season.

"We recruited [Belo] because our front court is one of the areas where we need depth. We welcome him to the team and look forward to seeing his impact in our team," Black said. – Rappler.com

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.

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