Mick Pennisi back with Barako after trade as Star exceeds Fil-foreign player limit
Veteran big man Mick Pennisi is back with Barako Bull. Jerome Ascano

STAR has sent Mick Pennisi back to former team Barako Bull owing to a PBA rule on Filipino-foreigners.

Already exceeding the league’s Fil-foreign-player limit of five players, the Hotshots were forced to trade the veteran big man in exchange for the Energy’s 2017 second-round pick.

“We really liked Mick and would’ve loved for him to stay,” Star coach Jason Webb said in a text to Spin.ph on Saturday, referring to the lefty stretch slotman.

Fil-Ams Joe Devance, Alex Mallari, and Rafi Reavis, Fil-Palestinian Yousef Taha, and Fil-Canadian rookie Norbert Torres make up the Hotshots’ five Fil-foreigners.

The 40-year-old Pennisi reinforces an Energy frontline composed of Jake Pascual, Jondan Salvador, and Rico Maierhofer.

"We needed a big man," Barako coach Koy Banal said.

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