08 May 2017

Bolts Traded Grey For A Pure Shooter

Chico Lanete
In the latest three-team trade that involved the Meralco, the Bolts lost a prolific young scorer in Jonathan Grey and their second round 2017 pick. However, they gain something they have been searching for this season, a deadly three-point gunner: Chico Lanete.

The trade was first reported by SPIN.ph last 6 May 2017. The proposal was initiated by NLEX because they wanted to get their hands on JR Quinahan. They can only do that by sending Lanete to GlobalPort. Batang Pier then sent Lanete to Meralco for Grey and a 2017 second-round pick originally owned by Mahindra.

As part of the agreement, GlobalPort sent Anthony Semerad and a 2017 first-round pick to TNT for Larry Fonacier. The former Ateneo gunner was later shipped to NLEX plus a 2019 second-round pick, and the 2017 second-round pick for Sean Anthony and Bradwyn Guinto.

PBA Trade
Ever since coach Yeng Guiao took over the help as both coach and manager of NLEX, the 28-year old Lanete has totally lost his touch and confidence.

The sophomore from San Beda used to average 39.4 percent from the three-point area despite playing only 16.4 minutes per ball game. When Guiao moved to stir the Road Warriors, Lanete's playing time increased to 22.6 minutes per game, but was subjected to verbal abuse in and ut of the court from his fiery coach.

In one game this conference, Guiao was even heard on national television giving Lanete a mouthful during the Road Warriors' huddle while questioning his heart.

With the Bolts, the 6th pick from the 2015 PBA draft hopes to rekindle his shooting touch resulting from the penetration of Baser Amer, Chris Newsome, Jared Dillinger and even Alex Stepheson.

Lanete can be the potent threat from long-range that the Bolts have been trying to find since Mark Macapagal.

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