09 February 2016

Why Not Give Nino Canaleta A Chance?

Nino Canaleta
If rumors are true, then the Meralco Bolts may be making a big mistake of not trading for Mahindra Enforcers star forward KG Canaleta. The Enforcers are trading the 36-year old veteran to shed his huge paycheck.

It was hinted by several online sources that Canaleta was being offered to the Bolts in exchange for Rey Guevarra and Ryan Buenafe, but the team is not biting back. Sources said the team is already set with its line-up as it kicks of its Commissioner's campaign against Star Hotshots on 10 February 2016.

"Medyo interesado ang Meralco, saka galing naman sa kanila si KG eh, kaso hindi gusto ng coaching staff pakawalan yung dalawang players na hinihingi nila," said one source.

Canaleta is no stranger to being traded, having already played for four different franchises. The multiple-time slam dunk champion said that he does not feel any bitterness when trades happens as he's accepted it as a normal occurrence in the PBA.

Since joining the PBA as the sixth overall pick of the 2005 draft, Canaleta has played for Air21 (2005-2009), B-Meg (2009-2011), Shopinas.com (2011), Barangay Ginebra (2011-2012), Air21 (2012-2013), Talk 'N text (2013-2014), NLEX (2014-2015) and Mahindra (2015).

If Mahindra succeeds in trading away Canaleta, this will be his seventh straight year of being shipped to a team and the third in a year.

With limited outputs and inconsistent performance from Guevarra and Buenafe, the Bolts might be better serve if they try to accommodate Canaleta in their two-year work plan.

On paper, the former University of the East Warrior seemed a perfect fit for a Bolts team loaded with versatile players like him who can play multiple positions in the frontline like Cliff Hodge, Reynel Hugnatan and Ranidel de Ocampo. "He's more of a stretch 4," said Black of his new recruit. "He's got the perimeter game to stretch the defense but at the same time he has enough athleticism to get to the basket."

Last season, Canaleta averaged 8.8 points, 3.3 rebounds and 0.9 assists, which is more than the combine outputs of the two players the Bolts are unwilling to release.

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