The Uytengsu-owned franchise, which drafted Abueva second overall in the 2012 draft, caught everyone off guard after he was recently spotted in Alaska's weight training session. The team handed down an indefinite ban to the enigmatic superstar, who went missing in action earlier during the 2018 Commissioner's Cup.
The Aces said in a statement via SPIN.ph: "We would like to thank Calvin for his six years of service with Alaska and the good memories. We felt as a franchise it was best for both Alaska and Calvin to have a fresh start at this time."
Abueva parts ways with his maiden team as a Rookie of the Year, one-time PBA champion, one-time Best Player of the Conference, six-time All-Star, and two-time Mythical First Team member. He will join a Phoenix squad led by head coach Louie Alas—erstwhile Alaska assistant coach and college rival with Letran—and Matthew Wright.
The move also reunites the Beast with his San Sebastian Stags mentor Topex Robinson, who is a former Aces and current Fuel Masters asst. coach, as well as ex-teammate RJ Jazul. Here's what basketball fans have to say about the shocking deal:
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