RODNEY Brondial is among the first members of the 2014 Rookie Draft Class to avail of unrestricted free agency.
The big man from Adamson didn't come to terms with Alaska management on a new contract and opted instead to become a free agent, sources said.
Brondial was a first-round pick (No. 6) of Barangay Ginebra as part of the 2014 draft class - the first to avail of unrestricted free agency under the seven-year rule.
(UPDATE: Brondial signs with SMB)
Hours after this report was posted, sources bared Brondial has signed with San Miguel, reuniting him with college coach Leo Austria.
In a social media post, Alaska team manager Richard Bachmann admitted both parties failed to agree on a two-year extension offered to Brondial by the Aces.
"We did offer a two-year contract, but I guess that was not enough," said Bachmann.
The Alaska executive admitted Brondial just exercised his right as an unrestricted free agent, a status that gives him the right to choose the team he wanted to play for.
"Rodney is part of the batch of players that become free agents when their contract expires. Free to choose which team to go to," he said.
Brondial was acquired by Alaska in a trade with Magnolia for guard Chris Banchero in 2019.
Previously, he played for one year with Ginebra during his rookie season, before being traded to Barako Bull in exchange for Jervy Cruz.
After one season, Barako dealt him to the Purefoods franchise in a two-for-three player trade. In 2018, he won his first only championship with the Hotshots during the Governors Cup.
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