26 August 2015

PBA Draft Ends, Lopsided Trades Begin

Lopsided Trades
The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA annual Rookie Draft was conducted last 23 August 2015. After three days, teams were busy evaluating their line-ups in preparation for the Philippine Cup later this year and with it comes trade deals and contract transactions.

The most recent series of trade deals involved six teams and three consummated transactions.

The first deal will allow this year's No. 2 pick, Troy Rosario, to move to the Talk 'N Text camp after picked by expansion team, Mahindra Enforcers (formerly Kia Carnival). However, since the Texters are only willing to part with Kevin Alas, they had to bring in another team, the NLEX Road Warriors.

Under the final terms of the trade which underwent several revisions, Talk 'N Text will send sophomore guard Alas and veteran Rob Reyes to Mahindra for the rights to Rosario.

Mahindra then will get more vital pieces by sending Alas to NLEX in exchange for Gilas pool member Aldrech Ramos and high flying forward KG Canaleta.

The deal will benefit the Texters since the 6-foot-7 Rosario will have a chance to partner with the first pick Moala Tautuaa to give their aging frontline a tremendous boost. With Kelly Williams and Ranidel de Ocampo providing the veteran presence, the Texters can now ably defend the shaded lane.

Mahindra may have lost a 'potential' franchise player, but they have more than made up for it with the acquisition of tested and proven scorers in Canaleta and Ramos in and out of the paint. Reyes, on the other hand, is a serviceable quality big man who can flourish with the underachieving Enforcers and provide support to a possible import with unlimited height in the second and third conference

The clear loser in this case is the NLEX Road Warriors which appeared to be a second-tier farm team for the MVP groups and is here to support either the Texters or the Meralco Bolts. This latest development will come as another blow for the team which last year was forced to give up first-round pick Matt Ganuelas-Rosser to (insert drum roll) .... Talk 'N Text in a trade that also involved Alas and the Blackwater Elite.

If it was any consolation, the Road Warriors will now get a high-scoring threat in Alas, which, hopefully, can reprise his heroics for the team in the PBA D-League.

The second exchange dominated the headline recently just because it involved a very popular team, Ginebra San Miguel. As expected, Barangay Ginebra made its first off-season moves in the Tim Cone era by harvesting, er ... acquiring forward Nico Salva and a 2016 first-round pick from Barako Bull by sending guards Emman Monfort, Josh Urbiztondo and Jens Knuttel to the SMC B-Team.

The deal was already approved by the PBA, whose new commissioner, Chito Narvasa, promised a more balanced competition and stop the practice of lopsided transactions. With this deal, Narvasa is probably not aware that there were already close to twenty transactions involving Barangay Ginebra and Barako Bull in the last two years. If this blatant display of 'farming' did not raise any red flag, then the PBA really has a long way to go to clean its act.

Before this trade was approved, the Energy Cola has RR Garcia, Chico Lanete, Paolo Hubalde and Brian Heruela. What in blazes would compel the team to take on three additional guards other than to satisfy the craving and strengthen the roster of Barangay Ginebra.

It might be also worth to mention that with the way Barako Bull has been performing for the nth season, their 2016 first-round pick could prove valuable since it could put Ginebra in the hunt for Bobby Ray Parks and Kiefer Ravena.

Not contented with what they got, Barako Bull is also involved in the last deal for the day when they sent last year's assist leader, Heruela, to the San Miguel Beermen in exchange for the seldom-used Jeric Fortuna.

What in the world are they thinking? The only team so far with 7 guards on its payroll is making a scene and the Office of the Commissioner is powerless to stop it, if they are indeed making an effort to halt the obvious 'harvesting' from the Barako Bull farm.

And while this topic is on Barako Bull's best decisions ever, why not hark back to the 2013 PBA Draft when the Energy Cola, obviously powered by the deepest levels of logic, dealt not one, not two, but first round picks (Picks 4-6) for (insert drumroll again) Rico Maierhofer (2010 PBA Rookie of the Year who is now averaging just 16 minutes a game), Willy Wilson (now playing for his fourth team), Mark Isip (since traded to GlobalPort for Jondan Salvador), Denok Miranda (probably was pumped at the prospect of returning to SMB only to be left out in the cold again), and Magi Sison (six feet and seven inches of unmet-potential)?

Phew! Clearly, this recent moves by the Energy Cola means they are being groomed, and being prepped to be a regular title contender (sarcasm).

Now, the question here is - Why would Barako Bull go through with all of these trades? Surely, the team does not need any of it. Normally, trades between two teams benefit both parties, while trades involving Barako Bull benefit only its trading partner.

But the BIGGER question is - Why does the COMMISSIONer allow these trades? @hen the average fan knows that these types of transactions favor only one team.

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