Eighteen months after being traded for each other, Moala Tuatuaa and Terrence Romeo will now be teammates at San Miguel.
A disgruntled Romeo was dealt by the GlobalPort Batang Pier along with big man Yousef Taha to the TNT KaTropa for Tautuaa and two future draft picks. The trade was official approved by the PBA on April 3, 2018.
After only 8 months with the flagship team on the MVP group, Romeo was on the move again. The 3-time league scoring champion was sent to the Beermen in exchange for David Semerad, Brian Heruela and a 2021 first round pick.
And after the latest round of personnel swap which saw Tautuaa and 2017 top overall pick Christian Standhardinger changing places, Romeo will now team-up with the player he was once traded for.
“Ganoon talaga ang mundo ng basketball player, di mo alam kung saan ka babagsak at di mo hawak yung kapalaran mo. Minsan, hindi mo na maiisip yung rason kung bakit nangyari yung mga bagay, pero professional players kami at dapat ready kami sa kung ano man ang mangyari,” explained the 27-year old Romeo.
“Napakasarap na ka-teammate ni Mo, lalo na sa international dahil sobrang talented na big man niya. Ang ganda ng nilaro niya nung Jones Cup,” he added.
For his part, the 30-year old Tautuaa admitted that he is similarly looking forward to playing with the flamboyant guard.
“We have our chemistry. We know each other and we kind of have an idea of how each other plays,” said the Fil-Tongan.
“Like him and me, we’re just another piece to a giant picture and we’re just both trying to complete that picture. He’s gonna adapt to me, I’ll adapt to him and that’s how it’s gonna work,” he added.