PBA: LA Revilla tries to refuel career with Phoenix
Wearing out his welcome because he expressed his dismay on social media, LA Revilla tries to move forward with another PBA team. The former DLSU Green Archer has reportedly been traded to the Phoenix Fuel Masters in exchange for Jayson Grimaldo, the 21st overall pick of the recently concluded PBA Draft plus a 2018 second round pick.
Kia Picanto team governor Bobby Rosales reached an agreement with the agent of the disgruntled star though the trade has yet to get the approval of PBA Commissioner Chito Narvasa.
“We could have made it hard for him if we want to by sitting him out for the entire season. But hindi naman kami ganun. Kabuhayan din naman ito nung bata, so we just let him go,” said Rosales in a report by Spin.ph.
To recall, Revilla voiced out his displeasure over the celebrated trade before the 2017 PBA Draft. Kia agreed to surrender the rights to the first overall pick in the draft in exchange for Ronald Tubid, Jay-R Reyes, Rashawn McCarthy and a 2019 first-round pick.
After that celebrated tweet Revilla (which has since been taken down), the 27-year-old spitfire from Bacolod was told to no longer attend practices – obviously hurting from his actions.
Revilla was originally the 24th overall pick of the 2013 PBA Draft by GlobalPort Batang Pier. He played only three games with GlobalPort before getting released. He returned the PBA D-League and played for the Cagayan Rising Suns before trying again with Kia Sorento for the 2014-15 PBA season.
His second PBA coming proved to be the break he needed and Revilla became the face of the franchise. Now he tries to continue his game brilliance with Phoenix, a team that underwent major changes in the offseason.
The Fuel Masters will be handled by Louie Alas who has had his eye on Revilla. On paper, Phoenix already has a loaded backcourt in RJ Jazul and Gelo Alolino – meaning the 5-foot-7 guard will have to earn his playing minutes once more.