Terrafirma is in the spotlight once again after the team mysteriously agreed to send their franchise player to San Miguel in exchange for a first round pick in the upcoming draft plus a trio of reserves.
The Dyip are no strangers in one-sided dealings with the Beermen as they previously traded the top overall pick in 2017, which turned out to be Christian Standhardinger, for seldom used players Ronald Tubid, Rashawn McCarthy, JR Reyes and a first round pick (Christian Balagasay).
Tubid eventually found his way back to San Miguel but will return to Terrafirma as an assistant coach for the coming season after the Beermen relegated him to the unrestricted free agent pool. Reyes is now with Phoenix Pulse while McCarthy and Balagasay are still with the team.
Quite obvious is fact that the CJ Perez trade is very much similar in nature to the previous deal as it involves three bench warmers plus a draft pick in the lower half of the first round.
The 2017 deal caused quite an uproar not only among league followers but from the other teams as well and ultimately led to the ouster of Chito Narvasa.
Former league commissioner Noli Eala took to Twitter to express his opinion on the two team’s latest attempt at another one-sided transaction.
PBA teams will do everything to win. Thats inherent in competition. Its up to the PBA to ensure propriety in trades that are supposed to achieve that goal while keeping league integrity. Now those that have no intention of winning championships have no business being in the PBA.
— Noli Eala (@NoliEala) January 29, 2021
“PBA teams will do everything to win. That’s inherent in competition. Its up to the PBA to ensure propriety in trades that are supposed to achieve that goal while keeping league integrity,” wrote Eala.
“Now those that have no intention of winning championships have no business being in the PBA,” he added.
Unlike in 2017 wherein the commissioner has the sole power to approve/veto trade deals, a 5-man trade committee is now in place and tasked to ensure that player movements will be beneficial to both or all teams involved.
The committee is composed of deputy commissioner Eric Castro, technical officials Joey Guanio, Roscelle Teotico, Mauro Bengua, and legal counsel Melvin Mendoza.
Commissioner Willie Marcial was previously a part of the group and had the distinction of being the tiebreaker in the event there is a voting deadlock among the four officials. He, however, relinquished the post to Guanio for an undisclosed reason.