Arana goes to SMB after 3-squad trade
AFTER spending his entire career under the Rain or Shine turf, veteran guard Ryan Arana will now find himself in a new home in the Philippine Basketball Association.
With an already-loaded backcourt at their expense, the Elasto Painters had no choice but to deal away one of their longest-tenured players as they sent Arana to Barako Bull yesterday in exchange for a 2016 second-round pick.
Barako was just a pit stop for Arana as the Energy immediately dealt him to San Miguel in exchange for seldom-used guard Ronald Pascual.
The deal already reached the league’s commissioner’s office and is reportedly set to be approved.
Arana just might be a needed veteran addition for the Beermen to further boost their quest in retaining their Philippine and Governors’ Cup title and in winning the Commissioner’s Cup in this upcoming 41st PBA season.
The 6’1” scrapper will bring with him a lot of toughness as well as instant offense to San Miguel. where he will join an already star-studded backcourt that consists of Alex Cabagnot, Chris Ross, Marcio Lassiter, Chris Lutz and Ronald Tubid.
Since being drafted in 2007 by Rain or Shine, Arana has been one of the regulars in Painters’ coach Yeng Guiao’s rotation, but with the entry of rookies Maverick Ahanmisi, Don Trollano and Josan Nimes, the Painters needed to unload one from their guards and it was Arana that had to pack his bags for another team.