MAHINDRA coach Chito Victolero insisted the Enforcers got the better end of the deal that sent Troy Rosario to Talk ‘N Text in exchange for Niño Canaleta and Aldrech Ramos.
While admitting the team gave up a future PBA star in Rosario, this year’s No. 2 overall pick, Victolero believes the Enforcers won the offseason trade that allowed the franchise to get two veterans who can make an immediate impact for the sophomore squad.
“Sabi ko nga sa managers, panalo tayo ‘dun sa trade natin,” Victolero said in a chat with Spin.ph on Friday before the start of their afternoon practice at Cloverleaf gym in Makati.
“We know also Troy, kung baga (pang-) future yun eh,” continued Manny Pacquiao’s chief deputy. “Sana nga (we could’ve kept him).”
“But maganda yung offer eh,” he added. “Hindi namin pwede tanggihan.”
The three-team, five-player transaction also saw Kevin Alas go to NLEX and the rights to Rob Reyes also to Mahindra.
Victolero bared the Enforcers would’ve approved a straight swap between Rosario and Ramos, but what convinced them more was also getting the high-flying Canaleta.
“Troy for Aldrech one-on-one, okay na kami. Tapos binigyan pa kami ng KG, mas lalong okay,” he said. “So yung ibang kulang namin sa position, nadagdagan pa.”
“Hindi ko naman pwede ibalewala na si Troy ay (part ng) future, pero kailangan namin makapag-compete na ngayon eh,” he added.
The Enforcers have started twice-a-day practices during Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays this week to speed up Canaleta and Ramos - as well as their rookies – familiarization on their system.
“Malaking factor na napunta sa amin si Aldrech because he’s a veteran, hindi naman may edad, but in terms of playing, having played for Gilas,” Victolero said. “Plus bagay siya sa sistema. Tapos meron pa kaming bonus na KG.”