Meralco lands De Ocampo; Maliksi joining Elite

TNT KaTropa sent shockwaves around the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) last September 11 (Manila time) as it traded long-time forward and former all-star Ranidel De Ocampo.

Ranidel De Ocampo will now bring his veteran experience to the Bolts. (Photo courtesy of:

TNT shipped De Ocampo to the Phoenix Fuel Masters for Norbert Torres and its 2017 first round pick.

The movement did not stopped there as the former national player was immediately shipped to the Meralco Bolts in exchange for Justin Chua and a first round pick in the upcoming 2017 draft.

In other related news, Star Hotshots’ shooting guard Allein Maliksi was the centerpiece of a two-on-two direct trade with Blackwater Elite.

Allein Maliksi set its sights in being the main man in Blackwater. (Photo courtesy of:

The Hotshots traded Maliksi along with rarely used big man Chris Javier in exchange for the duo of BamBam Gamalinda and Kyle Pascual.

The Elite was also involved in a recent trade with Barangay Ginebra as Blackwater netted ‘Air Force’ Chris Ellis and Dave Marcelo for Art Dela Cruz and Raymund Aguilar.




Aris Ignacio is from the Philippines and has always been a big fan of Philippine basketball. Aris’ follows the Philippine Basketball Association since the late 80’s and has learned the history and personalities of the PBA. He also has interest with other basketball tournaments in the Philippines and beyond most specifically college basketball (UAAP, NCAA), the Asian Basketball League (ABL), FIBA Asia and World Cup tournaments. Global Basketball is Aris’ second writing assignment besides Follow Aris Ignacio on Twitter at aris_ignacio.

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