ALASKA will be playing shorthanded against NorthPort on Sunday after the Aces executed a trade with Magnolia that is still awaiting approval from the PBA Commissioner's Office.
Neither Chris Banchero nor Robbie Herndon and Rodney Brondial were present for the Aces ahead of the match against the Batang Pier on Sunday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum, days after the trade was first reported.
Under the proposed trade, the Aces will be sending Banchero to the Hotshots for Herndon and Brondial.
Alaska also declined to speak on the matter, but Commissioner Willie Marcial said the league's trade committee is still scrutinizing the proposed deal.
Technically, Banchero is still eligible to play for the Aces. But his absence leaves the team in a difficult situation while fighting for a playoff berth in the Governors Cup.
The Aces are currently tied for ninth place with Phoenix Pulse. They are facing a NorthPort squad that is at eighth place with a 3-4 record and are playing shorthanded as well after the ACL injury of Robert Bolick.