YOUNG Kevin Alas was visibly affected by the three-team trade that saw him shipped from Talk ‘N Text to NLEX.
His only consolation is getting reunited with the same team where he won a number of championships in the PBA D-League.
“Medyo affected pero ready na rin naman siya because dating team (na rin) niya ‘yung lilipatan,” related Alas’ father Louie to Spin.ph when informed about the transaction among Talk ‘N Text, NLEX, and Mahindra.
The trade has long been floated but only pushed through two days after the Rookie Draft when Mahindra sent No. 2 pick overall Troy Rosario for the rights to Alas and big man Rob Reyes.
The Enforcer then dealt Alas to NLEX to get Gilas Pilipinas pool member Aldrech Ramos and KG Canaleta in return.
“I’ve been telling Kevin just to be ready when reports began coming out about the trade,” recalled the elder Alas, who is head deputy coach of Alex Compton at Alaska. “Part 'yan ng buhay ng player.”
Selected No. 2 overall in last year’s draft, the deal marked the second time the combo guard out of Letran had been traded in his young career.
Originally tabbed by Rain or Shine, he never got to play for coach Yeng Guiao after the team traded him to NLEX for a 2015 first-round pick.
But the Road Warriors, needing the presence of veteran players as they play their maiden season in the league, also let go of Alas by shipping him to Talk ‘N Text, with Blackwater acting as the conduit by acquiring the rights to big man Larry Rodriguez and a 2015 first round pick by the Tropang Texters.
Playing as back-up to veteran guard Jimmy Alapag, Alas provided quality minutes for the team and played a key role in the franchise’s successful title run in the mid-season Commissioner’s Cup by beating Rain or Shine in Game Seven of the finals.
The 23-year-old Alas though missed the remainder of the Governors Cup after a second tear was found in his left foot that required surgery.
“Sobrang comfortable na siya sa Talk ‘N Text, kaya in a way, medyo apektado rin,” said Alas, who once served as Talk ‘N Text coach. “Pero we know naman this thing is beyond our control.”
The young Alas is currently undergoing rehabilitation for his foot, and hopes to finally be back in action for the Road Warriors by the time the new season comes.