23 August 2015

Draft Day Deal for Mahindra and Talk 'N Text?

Troy Rosario
With the draft just hours away, the rumor that Kia Carnival/ Mahindra Enforcers will trade their number two pick is getting stronger by the minute.

The latest speculation states that at least five players are involved as the Mahindra Enforcers wrap up its final stage of negotiation with the Talk 'N text Tropang Texters and NLEX Road Warriors. Announcements will be made either before the the close of the 2015 PBA Rookie Draft at the Robinsons Midtown Ermita.

"Ang plano nila (three teams), after the draft pa nila gagawin yung trade, pero payag na ibigay ng KIA ang No. 2 pick kapalit ng ilang mga players," one of the sources revealed.

The alleged trade will compel the Tropang Texters to select Fil-Tongan big man Moala Tautuaa as this year’s top rookie pick and will acquire the Mahindra Enforcers' no. 2 pick in exchange for Talk ‘N Text sophomore guard Kevin Alas.

Alas, last year's No. 2 pick overall, will then be shipped by the Enforcers to the Road Warriors sweet-shooting forward Aldrech Ramos, Eric Camson and NLEX's 10th overall pick.

With Tautuaa expected to land at the Tropang Texters' lap, the Enforcers are supposed to make former National University (NU) slotman Troy Rosario the second overall pick in this year’s draft.

The same source said it is possible that Talk 'N Text might throw another player other than Alas in the draft mix if ever. But once the deal is sealed, Talk ‘N Text will be flashing a newly-retooled and athletic front court led by Tautuaa and Rosario.

The wide-bodied Tautuaa is coming off an impressive PBA D-League Foundation Cup stint after averaging a league-best 20.2 points, 11.3 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.6 steals en route to being named the tournament MVP.

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