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    Salud puts stamp of approval on blockbuster deal

    Jan 22, 2013

    TEN players from five teams have officially switched teams after the PBA Commissioner's Office approved a four-step blockbuster trade that will go down as one of the biggest in league history in terms of the number of players and teams involved.

    Commissioner Chito Salud on Tuesday afternoon put his stamp of approval on the deal that started with Petron acquiring veteran forward Ronald Tubid from Barako Bull in exchange for Fil-Am Rookie Alex Mallari and Jojo Duncil.

    The Energy Cola then shipped Mallari, Leo Najorda, rookie guard Lester Alvarez, and their 2014 first-round pick to the Mixers in exchange for Jonas Villanueva, JC Intal, and rookie forward Aldrech Ramos, who in turn was traded to Alaska for Mac Baracael.

    The sweet-shooting Baracael ended up with Barangay Ginebra as the league's most popular team sent Maliksi to Barako Bull.

    Tubid and Maliksi were already made to sit out the Barako-Ginebra tune-up game on Tuesday at the Xavier gym.

    Barako Bull manager Raffy Casyao said the deal is a "win-win" situation for the five teams involved considering that every ball club gets the players it needs in the run-up to the Commissioner's Cup.

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