The Blackwater Elite continue to make deals in an effort to improve their team. A few weeks after trading for Chris Ellis, they once again make a move to acquire a young wing player. Rey Joble of Interaksyon reported that the Elite have acquired the high-scoring Allein Maliksi from the Star Hotshots. According to the report, Maliksi was offered to the Elite and team owner Dioceldo Sy wasted no time in acquiring Maliksi.
“Interesado talaga ako kay Maliksi so when he was offered to us, hindi na kami nagdalawang isip,” Sy told InterAksyon. “Ok rin ako kay Javier kasi dati ko namang player yan.”
The complete details of the proposed trade includes three other players to complete the deal.
Just learned there is a trade awaiting PBA approval. Gamalinda/K. Pascual (BW) for Maliksi/Javier (PFStar). Will probably be approved.
— Charlie T. Cuna (@CharlieC) September 10, 2017
Joining Maliksi as they head to Blackwater will be teammate Chris Javier. In exchange, the Hotshots get forward Bambam Gamalinda and Kyle Pascual.
The Elite immediately boost their offense with the arrival of Maliksi. The Gilas member is known for his instant scoring and outside shooting. He made a name for himself last year when James Yap was sidelined with an injury. Maliksi stepped into the role of the superstar Hotshot and filled in capably. He’s been a solid player in Coach Chito Victolero’s rotation ever since. In this year’s Governor’s Cup, Maliksi’s numbers have slipped slightly. He’s only playing 16 minutes and scoring less than nine points per game. He will have a bigger role once he joins the Elite.
The Hotshots get a hard-working forward in Gamalinda. The former Red Lion has found a niche role as a defender and off-ball option for the Elite. He brings the same no-frills game to a Hotshots team that has plenty of guards to create for him. In nine games this conference, Gamalinda has played over 20 minutes, scoring close to eight points and grabbing nearly four rebounds per game.
The Elite and Hotshots also exchange young back-up big men in this trade. Chris Javier and Kyle Pascual didn’t play much for their former teams. Both are looking at hopefully bigger roles with their new teams.