Baguio lands in NLEX, Rice signs with TNT

The NLEX Road Warriors acquired veteran guard Cyrus Baguio in a three team trade with the Phoenix Fuel Masters and GlobalPort Batang Pier in the middle of the ongoing Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Governor’s Cup.

Cyrus Baguio will be donning a new jersey the next time he plays. (Photo courtesy of: ABS-CBN News)

Phoenix obtained forward Dylan Ababou from GlobalPort and NLEX’s 2020 Rookie Draft second round pick, while the Batang Pier received stretch forward Mac Baracael from the Road Warriors.

The trade reunites the wiley guard Baguio with Yeng Guiao, whom the later coached during the championship years of the defunct Red Bull franchise.

The 37-year old guard will be playing in his fourth team where he also strut his wares with the Alaska Aces.

Ababou will be joining his sixth team overall and third franchise starting with the Blackwater Elite this season.

Baracael leaves NLEX for also his sixth team after playing for a year with the Road Warriors.

In other news, TNT Katropa will be parading former National Basketball Association (NBA) forward Glen Rice Jr.

Rice, is the son of NBA champion and legend Glen Rice and last played with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in the NBA D-League averaging 20.5 points, 6.1 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.8 steals.

Glen Rice Jr. will be strutting his wares in the PBA. (Photo courtesy of: Bullets Forever)

The former Washington Wizard player will be replacing Michael Craig after playing three games for the KaTropa.

Rice will be suiting up with TNT in their clash with the revamped Rain or Shine Elasto Painters on August 20.



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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