Barako Bull’s offseason has been all about going back in time and bringing back guys who played for them in the past. They continued that movement with a recently announced trade with the Star Hotshots, re-acquiring veteran center Mick Pennisi for a 2017 second round pick.
Pennisi’s tenure with the Hotshots barely lasted a season. Star landed him in exchange for Ronnie Matias and Isaac Holstein back in December of last year, after Ian Sangalang suffered an ACL tear.
In 30 games, 20 with Star last season, Pennisi averaged 4.1 points (29.6 3P%) and 2.9 rebonds in just under 16 minutes an outing.
Barako has a young star in its front court, Jake Pascual, but not much behind him. Pascual’s draft classmate Papot Paredes played some center to back-up their import in the last two conferences. They also went big-heavy in the 2015 PBA Draft, tapping Michael Miranda, Yutien Andrada, and John Ray Alabanza.
The team didn’t do a lot with the players they acquired in the original Pennisi trade. Matias saw action in just eight games for Barako, six in the Commissioner’s Cup, while Holstein played in a mere one outing for the team.
Barako Bull previously re-acquired point guards Josh Urbiztondo and Eman Monfort, plus Jens Knuttel, sending Barangay Ginebra Nico Salva and their 2016 first round pick. They also reportedly dealt Brian Heruela to the San Miguel Beermen to get back Jeric Fortuna, but that trade has not yet been reflected in the PBA transactions page.
Urbiztondo, Monfort and Fortuna all played for Barako in the past.