SAN Miguel Corporation director for sports Noli Eala sounded confident the blockbuster three-team deal that would send Alaska's LA Tenorio to Ginebra would be completed on Friday despite kinks in talks involving the Kings and Global Port over another key component of the trade, JV Casio.
"Mamya we'll finalize everything," Eala assured in a message to Spin.ph. "Talagang complicated lang itong deal."
Under the terms of an agreement already approved in principle by Alaska and Ginebra, Tenorio, hero of Smart Gilas' successful championship run in the Jones Cup, will go to Ginebra in exchange for Casio and the Kings' second-round pick in the 2013 draft.
Eala and Alaska officials have also agreed on a separate deal that would send veteran Petron forward Dondon Hontiveros to the Aces in exchange for Wesley Gonzales and Hans Thiele.
However, negotiations between Global Port and Eala on which player Batang Pier will get for Casio have hit a rough patch, with sources saying that owner Mikee Romero wants the Kings to throw more players into the deal aside from the one player whose name has constantly cropped up in talks -- Mike Cortez.
The trade is also subject to the approval of the Commissioner's Office, making it imperative for all teams involved to make the deal as 'fair' as possible.