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    Slumping NLEX agrees to trade Rabeh Al-Hussaini to Blackwater for Dave Marcelo

    May 18, 2018
    Rabeh Al-Hussaini has played his last game for NLEX, sources say. Jerome Ascano

    TRUE to his word, Yeng Guiao got a trade rolling on Friday night just two days after the coach hinted about a possible roster shakeup at NLEX.

    The Road Warriors traded seldom-used big man Rabah Al-Hussaini to Blackwater in exchange for fellow big man Dave Marcelo.

    SPIN.ph learned from multiple sources the move was given a go by both parties shortly after the Elite’s PBA Commissioner’s Cup game against the TnT Katropa at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Blackwater lost the game, 120-101 - its sixth straight setback - despite going up against a Katropa side which played without an import.

    Trade papers have already been sent to the Commissioner’s Office.

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      Following NLEX’s 116-94 loss to Globalport on Wednesday, Guiao hinted at tinkering the team’s lineup anew as the Road Warriors went down at 1-4 in the mid-season tournament.

      Other than being the coach, Guiao also serves as NLEX general manager for basketball operations.

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      The 6-foot-7 Al-Hussaini, whose playing time has dwindled this season, no longer played for the team in the loss to the Batang Pier.

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      The acquisition of the former Ateneo star by Blackwater, though, is expected to give the Elite a towering frontline that will have him forming a twin tower at the middle with fellow former Blue Eagle Poy Erram.

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      Marcelo also didn’t play in his final game for the Elite, but could thrive under the system of Guiao, who is known for favoring a physical big men with reliable shooting from the perimeter.

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