The Aces boosted its frontline by acquiring Ervin Sotto who was released by Air21 Express. Sotto a 6'5" center is expected to aid Sonny Thoss in the slot. Another bigman snatched by the Aces is last year's overall top pick, Joe Calvin Devance. Devance landed to the Aces in exchange for Alaska's 5th overall pick in this year's draft, Solomon Mercado. Eddie Laure and Welcoat's 2nd round pick next year seals the deal.
New players: Ervin Sotto(from AE), Kelvin dela Pena(R)
The biggest buzz in the Air21 camp is regarding the comeback of Big J, Sonny Jaworski. The management expressed their will on tapping the legendary "Jawo" to coach the team. Coach Bo Perasol meanwhile, is on leave even if the team has started its regular trainings for the up coming season. This is to allow negotiations to push through. The Express released Ervin Sotto and traded Gaby Espinas to the Red Bull Barakos. Their drafted rookies took the slots of the two.
New players: Mark Borboran (R), Cholo Villanueva (R)
Barangay Ginebra Kings
The Fiesta Cup champions is one of the two teams with no draft picks this year (together with Coca Cola). The Gin Kings is keeping its cluster tight. The team claims that it has been trying to reach Rudy Hatfield who filed a leave of absence several years ago.
New players: None
Magnolia Beverage Masters
The team surprised everyone during the 2008 Annual Draft at Market Market Taguig. The team traded its 3rd overall draft pick to Talk and Text for forward Jay Washington. The management decided in the bold move because Danny Ildefonso is on the injured list. He is expected to miss half or the entire All Filipino Cup. Rumors speak that the team is cooking several trades to release some of their wingmen. But before that, the team makes a bang by acquiring center Mick Pennisi from the Barakos in exchange for future draft picks. How about that?! (referring to Red Bull trading the last piece the team's core). Pennisi will fill in the slot of Samigue Eman who is reported to be in the injured list. If there's one team in the world who never wants a weak spot in all positions, it's gotta be Magnolia!
New players: Bonbon Custodio (R), Jay Washington (from TnT) Mick Pennisi (from RB)
Purefoods TJ Giants
The Giants is expected to regain their All Filipino Cup supremacy behind the guns of former MVP James Yap, 6th man awardee Peter June Simon and team captain Kerby Raymundo. To boost its chances, the Giants has five new faces on its roster- rookies Beau Belga, Jonathan Fernandez and rookie free agent Chad Alonzo. They also got former Alaska wingman Aaron Aban, and Red Bull's point guard Topex Robinson.
New players: Beau Belga (R), Jonathan Fernandez (R), Chad Alonzo (R/FA), Aaron Aban (FA)
This ends the first part of my PBA Teams: Player Movement. Part two coming very soon.