BARANGAY Ginebra made its first offseason moves in the Tim Cone era when it acquired Nico Salva and a future first-round pick from Barako Bull by trading guards Emman Monfort and Josh Urbiztondo and Jens Knuttel.
The deal was approved by the PBA on Tuesday, but obvious signs that a trade was forthcoming were seen as early as Monday after Monfort, Urbiztondo, Knuttel and Dorian Pena were told not to report for Ginebra's first practice under Cone at the CCF Gym along Ortigas.
A day later, Ginebra management pulled the trigger on a deal that went a long way in gaining a semblance of balance for a Ginebra team that has been beset by a crowded backcourt.
Ginebra not only unloaded three guards but also acquired a key big man in Salva, a former Ateneo star has been practicing with the Kings' training staff for almost a month.
Ginebra's choice of the 6-3 Salva is obvious since he has a perimeter game that could make him a perfect fit for Cone's triangle offense.
Aside from that, Barako Bull's 2016 first-round pick could prove valuable since it could put Ginebra in the hunt for Bobby Ray Parks and Kiefer Ravena, depending on the Energy's performance in the coming season.