SAN Miguel Beer and GlobalPort swapped rookies on Monday in a trade that will have Arnold Van Opstal and Von Pessumal getting new lease on life in their careers.
Van Opstal is expected to get more playing time after being buried at the end of the bench of a loaded SMB side in their two championship runs this season, while Pessumal joins a crowded wingman rotation after showing flashes of his potential at GlobalPort.
The league posted the trade on its Twitter account on Monday.
SMB team manager Gee Abanilla later confirmed the development in a text message.
“I think Von will be a good addition to us since we have a lot of guys who can create and ideally, we want to surround our team with good shooters and young blood," Abanilla said. "At the same time, it would also be beneficial to AVO since he will have the chance to earn his playing time as a legit big man and eventually get his confidence and playing rhythm back."
Rookies who are Gilas cadets are supposedly untouchable in the first two years of their career under the memorandum of agreement between the league and Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, making the trade surprising even if Van Opstal has already been dropped from the national pool.
Pessumal’s move, though, is in question as the former Ateneo gunner is still in the pool and even part of the Jones Cup and Southeast Asian Games squads.
Pessumal averaged 5.7 points, highlighted by 1.2 triples, and 2.5 boards in 16.2 minutes in the eliminations of the Commissioner’s Cup.
The 6-foot-9 Van Opstal, on the other hand, has played just 10 games in his young career, averaging less than five minutes of action in two conferences.