San Miguel shelves import Thomas Robinson, sign former NBA big man Diamond Stone
San Miguel makes last-minute import trade ahead of PBA Commissioner’s Cup debut as big man Diamond Stone takes the place of fellow former NBA player Thomas Robinson
MANILA, Philippines — An import trade marks San Miguel’s first roster change for the 2022 PBA Commissioner’s Cup, as he replaces former 2012 NBA fifth draft pick Thomas Robinson with another former great NBA man Diamond Stone according to the PBA’s trade page on Tuesday, October 4.
The move came despite the Beermen not even playing a single game so far this conference due to their star players having pre-arranged workouts with the Gilas Pilipinas national team.
Robinson, a fellow NBA forward with career averages of 4.9 points and 4.8 rebounds in 313 games, was expected to form an intimidating duo on the court with six-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo before the team did remove him from the active roster due to reasons still unknown.
However, the 31-year-old’s placement on the reserve roster instead of an outright cut means San Miguel likely intends to reactivate him during the conference.
Meanwhile, Stone, who only saw NBA action in 7 games during the 2016-17 season, has since made a name for himself in the NBA G League, Puerto Rico and T1. Taiwan League.
This isn’t the 25-year-old’s first foray into a Filipino team either, as he previously linked up with Meralco Bolt-laden Gilas team in the 2018 FIBA Asian Champions Cup in 2018. Thailand.
Stone will make his San Miguel debut on Wednesday, October 5 at Araneta Coliseum as the Beermen take on the Blackwater Bossing at 3 p.m. – Rappler.com