RAIN or Shine would rather keep mum about the reason that eventually led to its parting of ways with valuable big man Raymond Almazan.
Co-team owner Raymund Yu was not about to fault the 29-year-old Almazan for the trade that sent him to Meralco for a pair of first-round picks in 2019 and 2021.
The trade was approved by the PBA Commissioner’s Office on Tuesday.
“It will be good for both parties to just move on,” was Yu’s curt reply when asked what prompted management to let go of the player it picked third overall in the 2013 rookie draft.
Yu had been adamant about not trading Almazan last year at the height of his misunderstanding with coach Caloy Garcia, stressing the rarity nowadays of finding a legitimate, talented big man.
But not all good things last and the Elasto Painters found themselves finally severing their ties with the former NCAA MVP after six seasons together.
Almazan has barely suited up for Rain or Shine this season after going down with a severe sprain ankle early in the Philippine Cup.
While there were reports the Letran alum has not really patched things up with Garcia, people knowledgeable of the situation disclosed Almazan’s latest disagreement with management had something to do with his state of health.
Unconfirmed reports had it that Almazan had a run-in with Rain or Shine team manager and board of governor Atty. Mamerto Mondragon regarding the matter.
Yu would rather look back on the happy days the franchise had with Almazan, who won a championship with the Elasto Painters during the 2016 Commissioner’s Cup.
“Just time to move on. We wish Raymund good luck with his new team,” said Yu.
Even with Almazan injured, Rain or Shine made a good run in the all-Filipino conference, where it finished as the second-seeded team heading to the playoffs.
ROS almost made the finals opposite reigning champion San Miguel, but lost to Magnolia in the deciding Game 7 of their semifinals series.