LARRY Fonacier and JR Quinahan are reunited with coach Yeng Guiao, but NLEX had to part with Sean Anthony, Bradwyn Guinto, and Garvo Lanete to get the pair.
The trade, first reported by SPIN.ph on Saturday, was kicked off by NLEX getting its hands on Quinahan by sending Lanete to GlobalPort, which sent Lanete to Meralco for Jonathan Grey and a 2017 second-round pick originally owned by Mahindra.
GlobalPort then sent Anthony Semerad and a 2017 first-round pick to TNT for Fonacier before sending Fonacier, its own 2019 second-round pick, and the 2017 second-round pick of Mahindra to NLEX for Anthony and Guinto.
The trade was approved by PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa, meaning TNT ended up with Semerad and a first-round draft pick it originally owned, Meralco acquired Lanete, NLEX gained Fonacier, Quinahan, Mahindra's second-round pick in 2017 and GlobalPort's 2019 second-round pick while the Batang Pier acquired Anthony, Guinto and Grey.
The deal was the biggest taken by Guiao in his concurrent role as NLEX general manager, coming just a day after acquiring Alex Mallari from Mahindra in exchange for young frontliners Glenn Khobuntin and Eric Camson.
By pulling the trigger, Guiao also kept his promise of a top-to-bottom revamp of an NLEX side that got bumped off the playoff race in the Philippine Cup and has yet to win seven games into its campaign in the Commissioner's Cup.
NLEX, however, had to pay a high price for reuniting Fonacier and Quinahan with Guiao.
Guinto is one of the most promising big men in the league today while Anthony is the Road Warriors' most efficient player. Lanete had been highly regarded as an amateur but had come under fire from Guiao in one game where the coach questioned his heart.
The big winner of the trade appeared to be GlobalPort, which, after parting with Quinahan, Semerad and two future second-round picks gained two Gilas cadets in Guinto and Grey as well as Anthony.
Lanete is set to get a fresh start at Meralco while TNT got its hands on Semerad, who, sources said, was exactly the player it wanted when it traded Matt Ganuelas Rosser to San Miguel.
When it couldn't swing a three-team trade with SMB and GlobalPort, the KaTropa, sources said, settled for RR Garcia, who happens to be coach Nash Racela's former player at Far Eastern University.