PARTING with forward Mac Baracael may be difficult, but Alaska coach Luigi Trillo said he had to do it for the good of the team and the player who had been unhappy with his playing time with the Aces.
Baracael, Alaska’s first-round rookie draftee and sixth overall pick in 2011, has not been entirely happy with his exposure in the PBA Philippine Cup despite averaging more than 24 minutes a game, Trillo said.
Trillo said it would be even harder to grant Baracael's wish for more playing time in the import-laden Commissioner’s Cup since the undersized forward is more comfortable playing in and around the paint.
“He’s still not happy with the minutes he got," Trillo told Spin.ph after the five-team, 10-player trade that sent the sophomore Baracael to Barangay Ginebra.
"But we (parted) in good terms. I hugged him and thanked for his contribution to our team. But at the end of the day, I can’t make him happy,” Trillo added.
The deal, which was officially approved by commissioner Chito Salud late Tuesday, saw the Aces acquire Aldrech Ramos, San Mig Coffee’s seldom-used shooting forward, in return.
Baracael averaged nine points and 3.45 rebounds in 24.14 minutes in the season-opening all-Filipino conference where he was overshadowed by sensational rookie forward Calvin Abueva, who averaged more than 14 points and 10 boards in his debut conference.
“We’re happy with how Mac developed with us. But now he can have a chance to get the minutes over there (Barangay Ginebra). It’s a winning team out there for Mac, but at the same time, now we’ve got a chance to develop our core,” said Trillo.
In Ramos, Trillo believes the Aces will have an additional 6-5 big man who can help starting center Sonny Thoss inside the paint.
While Trillo said he doesn’t expect much from Ramos in the Commissioner’s Cup, he believes the former FEU Tamaraw will blossom in Alaska’ system.
“Aldrech may not do so well for now, but he’s got a good chance with the team. He’s long and can make those jump shots. I believe in him,” said the Alaska mentor.