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    Mallari likes trade, says looming move to Barako could be 'start of my real (PBA) career'

    Jan 13, 2013

    PETRON rookie guard Alex Mallari said a proposed trade deal that would have him moving to Barako Bull will be a “win-win” situation for both squads.

    “We’ll see, I’ve heard of that a little bit,” Mallari told Spin.ph of ongoing negotiations for a trade that will have Petron parting with the rookie and Joseph Yeo in exchange for Ronald Tubid and a future first-round pick.

    “I think it would be a win-win situation because they (Energy Cola) don’t have a young point guard. I think we would be a good (backcourt) duo if I play behind Josh (Urbiztondo),” he added.

    Barako Bull, which is set to hire former Petron team consultant Rajko Toroman as its coach in time for the Commissioner’s Cup, has confirmed its interest in the 6-4 Mallari.

    “Gusto sana namin si Alex kaya in-offer namin sa Petron yung future first-round pick namin. Ngayon, ang bola nasa kamay na nila (Petron management),” said Barako Bull team manager Raffy Casyao.

    Mallari said he worked to prove what he can do during his debut conference with the Boosters, but the mid-tournament switch from Toroman to Olsen Racela as well as the change in the basketball system had left him groping for form.

    Mallari, a vital cog in Big Chill's championship run in the PBA D-League, just couldn’t find his niche in a crowded Petron backcourt that included Alex Cabagnot, Dennis Miranda, Chris Lutz, Joseph Yeo and Chico Lanete.

    A move to Barako, Mallari said, “could be the start of my real (PBA) career."

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