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Baguio, Cruz traded to Air21

Thursday, December 25, 2008 , Posted by dAVe at 5:13 AM
Well, it didn't take too long before I got the answer to my previous post. Beating the trade deadline, Air21 makes a deal which is very much in the team's favor unlike the trade involving Ranidel de Ocampo several weeks ago. RP team member Cyrus Baguio and veteran point guard Celino Cruz is now with Air21 Express.

Everyone is busy preparing for Christmas. But Air21 and Red Bull were all business as usual.

The Express and the Barakos agreed on a four-player swap on Christmas Eve in one of the many exciting things to happen before the deadline of player elapses tomorrow.

The Express grabbed from the deal high-leaping swingman Cyrus Baguio and cerebral guard Celino Cruz in exchange for two first-round future picks.

"We have already addressed our problem on the center spot by getting JR QuiƱahan earlier, and Don Allado lately. Now, we have secured the services of talented guards in Baguio and Cruz, making the guard spots more complicated," said Alvarez.

There were reports that Arwind Santos, Air21's franchise player, is reportedly being wooed by Talk N Text, but Alvarez said they are not keen on giving up their leading Most Valuable Player candidate last season.

The Express recently agreed to trade Ranidel de Ocampo for Allado and the Tropang Texters' first-round pick.

"People might think it would be easy for Talk N Text to get Arwind, but he's our franchise player," said Alvarez.

By getting the services of Baguio, the Express' wing rotation has become more congested with Gary David, Arwind Santos, KG Canaleta and JC Intal playing the no. 2 and no. 3 spots. Rey Joble - Manila Standard Today
I disagree with the author's note regarding the congestion on the 2-guard position. Looking at Air21's line-up, only Gary David is the legit and effective shooting guard. Cyrus Baguio can definitely share the position with David. Celino Cruz meanwhile, will help Arboleda orchestrating the offense and he's another defensive guard like Arboleda.

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