After six years playing for the Alaska Aces, Calvin Abueva has been traded to the Phoenix Fuel Masters in exchange for Karl Dehesa and their 2019 first-round pick.
The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) confirmed the trade deal between the Aces and the Fuel Masters on August 7.
“We would like to thank Calvin for his six years of service with Alaska and the good memories. We felt as a franchise it was best for both Alaska and Calvin to have a fresh start at this time,” the Aces said in a statement.
In June, the Aces imposed an indefinite suspension on Abueva ‘following his more than a week absence from practice and failing to advise the coaching staff and management of his whereabouts‘.
Due to the suspension and his sudden absence, the player from Angeles City played in only five of the Aces’ game during the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup, and did not appear during any of the team’s games in the play-offs.
Abueva also missed practices and games with the Aces during the previous Philippine Cup.
The alumnus of San Sebastian College started his career in the PBA after being drafted by the Aces in 2012 and rose to prominence since his performance during his first year allowed the team to win the 2013 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
During that same year, Abueva received the Rookie of the Year award and got included in the Mythical First team.