01 October 2015

Sean Anthony Shipped to NLEX?

Sean Anthony
A tweet from Dennis Principe revealed a possible trade involving Meralco Bolts, Mahindra Enforcers and NLEX Road Warriors.

Under the terms of the proposed deal, NLEX is set to beef up its lineup with youth and muscle by acquiring Sean Anthony from Meralco. Mahindra will act as the intermediary in the deal since NLEX and Meralco are sister teams.

The Enforcers will send its 2016 and 2017 second-round picks first to Meralco for Anthony before the versatile forward is shipped to NLEX for promising young guard Juneric Baloria and Blackwater's 2016 second round pick, which the Road Warriors recently acquired.

It makes sense for NLEX to acquire Anthony since their frontline was decimated after they lost KG Canaleta and Aldrech Ramos when they traded for Kevin Alas. It also enabled sister team Talk 'N Text to get the No. 2 pick from this year's draft, which it used to grab Troy Rosario.

According to Snow Badua, Spin.ph controversial reporter, the deal will be a homecoming of sorts for Anthony, who NLEX traded to Meralco in a three-team deal pre-agreed by former franchise owner Air21 Express before it was acquired by the Road Warriors.

"Picks lang halos ang meat niyan other than Sean Anthony. Pero may mga gentleman's agreement dyan involved," said a source of Badua who is privy to a deal that is still being hammered at posting time.

"Actually nasa final phase pa ng negotiations ang deal kasi wala pa naman si Commissioner (Chito Narvasa), nasa China pa eh. Pero isa-submit namin agad 'yang proposal na yan as soon as he arrives," he added.

There is only one possible hindrance to the three-team trade. Reports had it that Mahindra is playing it tought by demanding more pieces in return for its two second-round picks.

NLEX has long been reported to undergo massive revamp especially now that the Manny V. Pangilinan franchise is bent on improving its 10th overall finish in its maiden season in the PBA.

After spending one season with the Bolts, Anthony has a career averaged of 8.3 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 22.6 minutes per game. Aside from the numbers, the five-year veteran brings energy and alternative scoring option to NLEX.

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