Compton sad to let RJ Jazul go but says trade for Simon Enciso a fair deal for Alaska, Phoenix
The RJ Jazul-Simon Enciso trade was beneficial to both Alaska and Phoenix, said Aces coach Alex Compton. Jerome Ascano and Jaime Campos

ALEX Compton believes the trade consummated by Alaska and Phoenix involving RJ Jazul and Simon Enciso are win-win situations for both franchises.

The Alaska coach said the move was beneficial to the two teams in their bid to address their respective needs.

“We felt like it was fair trade that helped both teams address needs they wanted to fill,” said Compton just hours after the trade was completed on Saturday.

Compton was saddened after letting go of Jazul, a key part of his rotation who was part of the team that made the finals four times in the last seven conferences.

The gunner out of Letran College also won a championship with the Aces during the 2013 PBA Commissioner’s Cup when Alaska was handled by former mentor Luigi Trillo and Compton still part of the coaching staff.  

“RJ Jazul has worn the Alaska jersey honorably and we are all glad to have had the time with him that we did,” said Compton in paying tribute to his shooting guard. “He is a shooter and smart defender, and also a leader.

“I am sure that he will show everyone at Phoenix what a good teammate and leader he is.”

[See Alaska sends Jazul to Phoenix for Enciso]

Jazul called the Alaska management, coaching staff, and the players to say his goodbye when the deal was finally completed.

But Compton also sees a lot of positive in the team’s acquisition of Enciso.

“We believe in acquiring Simon that we also have received a young player with good potential,” said the Alaska coach.

“We will do our best to help him fit into our team and our system, and hopefully, he can develop into an important player for us as well,” he added.

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