PBA star and Phoenix Super LPG Fuel Masters power forward Calvin Abueva was shocked when he found out about the announcement that he will be traded to Magnolia, in exchange for Chris Banchero and two draft picks on Wednesday.
According to Abueva, he first found out the news about his trade from his friend who also plays for the Hotshots.
At first, Abueva, who played for the Fuel Masters since 2018, said that he was saddened by the news. But, eventually, looking at the bright side of the trade, he reiterated his excitement to be part of a new team, a new venture on his prolific basketball career that is soon to unfold.
Speaking to 2OT on Wednesday, Anueva said: “I was surprised that I got traded.”
“We cannot do anything about it. Even if you do not want to leave, you cannot do anything about it,” added Abueva.
With the trade, Abueva will reunite with his former teammate in San Sebastian Stags, Ian Sangalang, who is also part of the “Pinatubo Trio” in the NCAA.
“I do not hold any grudge against Phoenix,” Abueva further said. “They were there for me and they guided me when I got suspended. They did not abandon me, especially the management, they were there to help me.”
“I’m just shocked because it is like, ‘Where are you now? Where did you go?’ They just gave up and let go of you. But I know that there will be a situation that you will get traded,” he continued.
Abueva promised that he will do his best to catapult Magnolia Hotshots into the PBA Finals.
“It hurts that I have to leave Phoenix. But the good thing is I’ve been put in a good situation. I really want to win a championship again,” Abueva reiterated.