PUREFOODS has been given a major boost ahead of the PBA Philippine Cup playoffs after the Commissioner's Office approved the trade that sent former Barako Bull Mick Pennisi to the Hotshots in exchange for bench players Ronnie Matias and Isaac Holstein.
The trade, first reported by Spin.ph on Saturday, gives a a new facet to the Purefoods frontline which suffered a big blow very early in the season when sophomore Ian Sangalang suffered an ACL tear that should keep him out for the six to eight months.
The 6-9 Pennisi, 39, gives Purefoods a big man who can shoot the outside jumper - so different from Rafi Reavis and Yousef Taha - which is suitable for Tim Cone's triangle offense.
With the deal approved by the PBA three days before the trade deadline, Pennisi can now join Purefoods in time for Tuesday's game against Barako Bull, which will decide the Hotshots' position entering the knockout rounds.
A win over Barako Bull and a GlobalPort victory over Meralco at the end of the elims will set Purefoods up for a match-up with rival Ginebra in the first round of the playoffs.
[For playoff scenario, see Fierce rival Purefoods, Ginebra on course to meet in first round of playoffs]