CEBU CITY – It was a trade nobody saw coming, not even rookie guard Brian Heruela himself.
Vacationing in the Queen City of the South, the former University of Cebu standout admitted being caught unaware of the deal that saw him moved from Blackwater to Barako Bull in exchange for wingman Carlo Lastimosa.
“No, nobody from Blackwater talked to me about the trade. In fact, I only learned about it through friends,” said the wide-bodied guard, who was one of the few bright spots for a Blackwater side that registered just four wins out of its 33 games during its maiden season as an expansion PBA franchise.
Heruela averaged 10.6 points, 5.2 assists, and 4.9 rebounds for the Elite.
Despite the team’s woeful campaign, Heruela said he was actually looking forward to preparing for next season and was even set to fly back to Manila on Monday to report for practice.
“Maybe it’s because my contract expires this August and they (Elite) were afraid they would lose me without getting anyone,” sHeruela, a third round pick (26th overall) in last year’s rookie draft, told Spin.ph.
Heruela, however, faces an uncertain future in a Barako Bull team that is already loaded with players in the backcourt, wnamely RR Garcia, Paolo Hubalde, Chico Lanete, and Joseph Yeo.
With the excess of backcourt players, there are speculations Heruela’s stay at Barako Bull may not be that long.
The assumption of the 26-year-old guard being moved again is fast gaining ground, especially with the possibility of joining former collegiate teammate June Mar Fajardo at San Miguel Beer.
Heruela though, chose to focus on what is actually in front of him.
“I really can’t talk about that. There’s a lot of things going through my mind right now. Maybe when things clear up a little in the next few days, especially since I haven’t spoken to anyone from Barako Bull either,” he said.