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VETERAN forward Rodney Brondial has agreed to play for the San Miguel Beermen after failing to come to terms with a new deal with his previous team, the Alaska Aces.
Although terms of the deal have not been made available, Brondial figures to be a key cog in the frontcourt rotation of the Beermen, which is being led by six-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo and also has Moala Tautuaa.
This move also reunites Brondial with his college coach, Leo Austria, who he played for at Adamson University.
Brondial was picked sixth in the 2014 PBA Draft and is the first player to benefit from unrestricted free agency under the seven-year rule. Alaska team manager Dickie Bachmann said on a social media post that they offered Brondial a two-year deal, which the latter declined.
“We did offer a two-year contract, but I guess that was not enough,” said Bachmann.
Bachmann added that Brondial did what he deemed was best for his career, given his right as an unrestricted free agent, which gave him the right to choose what team he wanted to suit up for.
“Rodney is part of the batch of players that become free agents when their contract expires. They’re free to choose which team to go to,” Bachmann said.