Meralco acquires Ranidel de Ocampo in three-team deal with TNT, Phoenix

The Meralco Bolts have just boosted its campaign in the ongoing Governors’ Cup with the acquisition of TNT veteran Ranidel de Ocampo.

The 35-year old native of Tanza, Cavite will move over to the Bolts after playing the last 8 seasons for the TNT KaTropa. Meralco will be his 3rd team in the PBA after stints TNT and the now defunct Air21 Express.

TNT started the ball rolling by sending de Ocampo to Phoenix in exchange for Norbert Torres and a 2017 1st round pick, the one it got from San Miguel in a previous trade.

The Fuel Masters then dealt de Ocampo to Meralco in exchange for Justin Chua and the Bolts’ 1st round pick in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft.

To close the deal, Chua was then shipped to TNT in exchange for a 2nd round pick in the 2019 PBA Rookie Draft.

Gained: Norbert Torres, Justin Chua and Phoenix’ 2017 1st round draft pick (originally from SMB)
Lost: Ranidel de Ocampo, 2019 2nd round pick

Gained: Ranidel de Ocampo
Lost: Justin Chua, 2017 1st round pick

Gained: Meralco’s 2017 1st round pick, TNT’s 2019 2nd round pick
Lost: Norbert Torres, 2017 1st round pick (originally from SMB)

“We’re rebuilding for the future,” said TNT team manager Virgil Villavicencio on the trade which was already approved by the Commissioner’s Office. – Mae Villarin