Stuck at the bottom, NLEX trades for Alex Mallari from Mahindra

2017 PBA Commissioners Cup Talk 'N Text-Mahindra pic 10 by Roy Afable

Desperate to finally break into the win column in the on-going Commissioner’s Cup, the NLEX Road Warriors pulled the trigger on a trade with the Mahindra Floodbuster, with Alex Mallari headlining the transaction.

The PBA announced Friday that NLEX would get Mallari, Kenneth Ighalo, and the 2020 second-round pick of the Floodbuster, while giving up forwards Glenn Khobuntin and Eric Camson.

The 0-8 Road Warriors hope to maximize the skill-set of the versatile Mallari, who is currently averaging 12.0 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.4 assists, and 0.9 steals. The #3 overall pick in the 2012 Draft by the then-Petron Blaze Boosters was even better last conference, norming 17.8 markers, 7.1 boards, 4.9 dimes, and 1.7 swipes.

Ighalo, selected 28th overall by Kia/Mahindra, has not played since the 2015 Governors’ Cup.

Mahindra, currently at 1-7, just one up on NLEX in the standings, hopes the acquisition of the two versatile forwards can help push them upwards.

This conference, Camson is putting up 6.6 points and 4.1 rebounds, while Khobuntin is averaging 4.1 points and 1.8 rebounds.

Back in March, NLEX acquired center Rabeh Al-Hussaini, with the Meralco Bolts coursing the big man to their sister squad through Blackwater.

The Road Warriors generated a lot of excitement during the offseason, when the team announced that it was hiring Yeng Guiao to coach the team. But the former Rain or Shine mentor was only able to pilot his team to a 2-9 record in the PHL Cup, and has yet to win in the Commissioner’s Cup.

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