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Aldin Ayo expects Vodanovich to be imported permanently by Converge while, Ahanmisi becomes an unrestricted agent after a breakthrough season

Mar 20, 2023

Aldin Ayo didn’t dispute that, even during the PBA Commissioner’s Cup, he had his sights set on Thomas Vodanovich.

The New Zealander would have been too little for the mid-season conference, but the Head coach thought Vodanovich could make up for his weight and height deficiencies.

Unfortunately, Vodanovich’s entrance was a little bit too late, as he only appeared in one game for the FiberXers, a 121-105 loss to the San Miguel Beermen that ended their postseason run and forced them to participate in the Governor’s Cup.

After 45 minutes of action, the foreigner who took over for the high scoring but erratic Jamaal Franklin ended with 39 points, 10 rebounds, and three assists.

Ayo was right to think he would have been the ideal import for the team given his 14-of-28 field goal percentage and lack of turnovers.

If the conference is import-heavy, you must be able to obtain the import that works with your setup. And just now, team were able to get it, said Ayo, pointing at Vodanovich, who played with the New Zealand national squad with Converge’s initial import Ethan Rusbatch. Looking into numbers, Vodanovich had 39 points, 10 rebounds, and no turnovers.

Vodanovich’s brief involvement with Converge and the PBA obviously merits a follow-up.

On the other hand, Maverick Ahanmisi will have a protracted offseason since he will soon be an unrestricted free agent after his contract with Converge expires.

The Fil-Am guard said his management team would decide whether to accept the offer of his mother team or look at offers from other teams, despite the fact that initial conversations with FiberXers management have begun. His stock skyrocketed because of his All-Star-like performance in the PBA Governors’ Cup.

Ahanmisi, who was selected by Rain or Shine as the No. 3 overall rookie pick in 2015, is not ruling out the idea of playing for Converge again in 2016, especially because management and his agent are close to reaching an agreement.

Ahanmisi and the FiberXers’ season came to a disappointing end on Sunday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum after second-seed San Miguel eliminated them from the quarterfinals, 121-105.

Ahanmisi led all locals in scoring after 40 minutes of play, finishing with 18 points, nine rebounds, and four assists.

The 31-year-old Los Angeles, California native had his greatest season in the pro ranks, averaging 20.1 points, 6.4 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 1.3 steals for the league.

After the conclusion of the eliminations, Ahanmisi congratulated the entire Converge squad for helping him move up to seventh place in the fight for the Best Player of the Conference award.

Ahanmisi is now free to entertain offers from any other teams because of entering the UFA.

Will he therefore give it thought?

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