Paul Desiderio Decides to Retire From PBA After Aborted Trade

He wants to allow his ACL injury to fully heal.

Still recovering from an ACL injury and currently in the unrestricted free agent list, Paul Desiderio decided to retire from playing in the PBA. learned that Desiderio on Monday told Blackwater management of his decision to walk away from basketball after his name was taken off a three-team trade also involving NLEX and TNT.

Desiderio said he’s going back to his native Cebu, allow his ACL injury to fully heal, and then start a new life.

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“For now I will end my PBA career and magpa-galing sa injury ko sa Cebu,” Desiderio told top brass of the Bossing, according to a team insider.

The decision of Desiderio to hang up his jersey at age 25 came just after his name was taken out of the three-team trade among TNT, Blackwater, and NLEX that would have brought the former UP Maroons star to the Road Warriors camp.

But the PBA trade committee revised the trade proposal since Desiderio is still rehabilitating from the ACL injury he suffered prior to the start of Season 47 and instead, threw in two second round picks (2022 and 2025) in his place.

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