News of the GlobalPort Batang Pier trading its superstar guard, along with center Yousef Taha, broke out Tuesday afternoon. In return, the Mikee Romero-owned PBA franchise got Fil-Tongan Moala Tautuaa, a 2020 first pick round pick, and 2021 second round pick.
According to a SPIN.ph report, the approved package comes on the heels of another proposed deal between the two teams—involving the same trade centerpieces—that Commissioner Willie Marcial's commmittee vetoed.
The three-time scoring champion has been in the middle of trade talks ever since he sat out majority of the ongoing Philippine Cup, not to mention having an ugly verbal spat with his coach, so everyone was kind of expecting this to go down sooner or later.
For comparison, here are the stats of the players concerned:
Terrence Romeo - 23.2 ppg 5.7 apg 3.7 rpg 1 spg 3.4 3pm (29 games, 2016-17)
Yousef Taha - 3.8 ppg 4.3 rpg (12 games, 2017-18)
Moala Tautuaa - 7.9 ppg 7.3 rpg 1 apg (12 games, 2017-18)
A quick look at the numbers gives us a rough idea on which side won the trade. Further scrutiny, though, reveals that it's not that bad for the other team.
On paper and in terms of talent, the KaTropa seemed to have gotten the better end of the deal, with some calling it highway robbery. Coach Nash Racela now has the luxury of having two of the best guards in country, Asia even, at his disposal. Imagine the Blur and the Bro sharing the same backcourt—the possibilities on offense are endless. If you thought Romeo and Stanley Pringle was as explosive as a combo gets, well, you haven't seen anything yet.
Bringing Romeo into the fold, however, increases TNT's guard count to God-knows-how-many: Romeo, Castro, RR Pogoy, RR Garcia, Ryan Reyes, Don Trollano, Alex Nuyles, and the newly acquired Jericho Cruz. We see no other way to clear the positional logjam than shipping a couple of those guys for a big man (Raymond Almazan?). In the event that MVP's group pulls off such move, it's safe to say "The Process" is complete.
It's easy to dismiss the Batang Pier after they basically let go of their franchise cornerstone of five years for a borderline bust. What casual fans don't know is that the situation bodes well for the organization and its personnel. For one, it gives Tautuaa a breath of fresh air, following an underwhelming stint with his maiden squad. The former D-League MVP automatically gets the lion share of frontcourt minutes, after fighting with Kelly Williams and Troy Rosario for playing time.
But more importantly, the latest development quashes doubts over Stan being "the man" for GlobalPort. In 10 games without his Slash Brother, the 6'1" combo guard showed that he can lead coach Pido Jarencio's wards to the playoffs, as a candidate for Best Player of the Conference (21.1 ppg 7.9 rpg 4.6 apg 1.3 spg). For the rest of the 2017-18 PBA season, Pringle, alongside fellow bearded bro Tautuaa, is out to prove that his time is now.