Coming off the 2018 PBA Rookie Draft without a pick in the first two rounds, the San Miguel Beermen went to the trading table and landed two marquee players in separate deals with TNT and Blackwater.
The rumored trade between the KaTropa and the Beermen made its rounds in social media even days before draft day with the deal finally being submitted to the Commissioner’s Office for approval a day after the league’s annual rookie event which was held at Robinson’s Place in Manila.
The 26-year old Romeo reportedly had run-ins with the TNT management and even with some of his teammates which led to the Gilas standout being placed on the trading block.
In exchange for the FEU star, the Beermen sent reserves Brian Heruela and David Semerad along with its 1st round pick in the 2020 rookie draft.
Romeo spend his first 4 seasons with NorthPort (then GlobalPort) Batang Pier before being shipped to TNT just last April for Moala Tautuaa.
In a separate deal, the current Philippine Cup defending champions also acquired Paul Zamar from Blackwater in exchange for its second round picks in 2021 and 2022.
The 31-year old Zamar was drafted by Brgy. Ginebra in 2012 but was left unsigned.
The UE standout last played for Mono Vampire in the ABL where he led the team to a Finals appearance opposite eventual champion Alab Pilipinas. His exceptional performance earned him a spot on the Blackwater roster. He will join his father Boyzie who is currently an assistant coach for the league’s winning-est team.
Both deals are still waiting the approval of league commissioner Willie Marcial.