Free agent Rodney Brondial signs with SMB after Alaska exit


It didn’t take long for Rodney Brondial to find a new PBA home.

The free agent without compensation entered into a contract with San Miguel, SPIN.ph learned, although the terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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The signing took place just a few hours after SPIN.ph reported that Brondial became an unrestricted free agent under the seven-year rule after failing to secure a new contract with the Aces.

In San Miguel, Brondial will reunite with university coach Leo Austria, who looked after the 31-year-old forward at Adamson.

Calls and texts to Austria and team manager Gee Abanilla were not answered at the time of posting.

Brondial was a first-round pick (No.6) to Barangay Ginebra as part of the 2014 draft class – the first to benefit from unrestricted free agency under the seven-year rule.

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In a social media post, Alaska team manager Richard Bachmann admitted that the two sides had failed to agree on a two-year deal offered to Brondial by the Aces .

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“We offered a two-year contract, but I guess it wasn’t enough,” Bachmann said.

The Alaska executive admitted Brondial had just exercised his unrestricted free agent right – a status that gave him the right to choose the team he wanted to play for.

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“Rodney is one of the group of players who become free agents when their contracts expire. Free to choose which team to go to.”

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Brondial was acquired by Alaska as part of a trade with Magnolia for guard Chris Banchero in 2019.

Previously, he played for a year with Ginebra in his rookie season, before being traded to Barako Bull in exchange for Jervy Cruz.

After one season, Barako transferred him to the Purefoods franchise as part of a two-for-three trade. In 2018, he won his first only Championship with the Hotshots in the Governors Cup.

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