MANILA, Philippines – An import swap marks San Miguel’s first roster move for the 2022 PBA Commissioner’s Cup as it replaces former NBA 2012 fifth overall draft pick Thomas Robinson with another ex-NBA big man, Diamond Stone, per the PBA’s transaction page on Tuesday, October 4.
The move took place despite the Beermen not yet even playing a single game so far this conference due to their star players having prearranged practices with the Gilas Pilipinas national team.
Robinson, an journeyman NBA power forward with career averages of 4.9 points and 4.8 rebounds in 313 games, was supposed to form an intimidating front court duo with six-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo before the team took him out of the active roster due to yet undisclosed reasons.
However, the 31-year-old’s placement in the reserve list instead of an outright cut means that San Miguel likely has plans to reactivate him sometime during the conference.
Stepping up in the meantime is Stone, who only saw NBA action in 7 games back in the 2016-2017 season, but has since made a name for himself in the NBA G League, in Puerto Rico, and in Taiwan’s T1 League.
This is also not the 25-year-old’s first foray with a Philippine team as he already previously linked up with the Meralco Bolt-laden Gilas team at the 2018 FIBA Asia Champion’s Cup in Thailand.
Stone will make his San Miguel debut on Wednesday, October 5, at the Araneta Coliseum as the Beermen face the Blackwater Bossing at 3 pm. – Rappler.com