THE trade involving Carlo Lastimosa and James Forrester finally pushed through as planned Wednesday, but with one key player missing in the link.
Third year guard LA Revilla decided to stay at Mahindra after agreeing to the new, three-year contract offered by the franchise on him, forcing Blackwater and NLEX to pursue a trade deal on their own.
A person knowledgeable about the set-up relayed to SPIN.ph that Revilla was supposed to be part of the three-team, three-player exchange that was already on the table as early as last week.
“Si LA dapat mapupunta ng NLEX muna for James Forrester. And then he’ll be sent by NLEX to Blackwater in exchange for Lastimosa,” said the source, who refused to be named as the person is not in a position to talk about the trade in public.
But the Enforcer eventually backed out of the trade when Revilla, 26, agreed to sign the contract offer by the team to him.
The Elite and Road Warriors pursued the trade by adding NLEX’s second round pick in this year’s draft as part of the deal.
“Ang naging ending tinuloy ng NLEX and Blackwater yung trade, one-on-one,” added the source.
Revilla, part of the La Salle team that last won the UAAP men’s basketball title in 2013, enjoyed his best season as a pro in the just concluded PBA campaign, averaging 10.6 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 4.1 assists in 31 games with Mahindra.
Coach Chris Gavina, added the source, doesn’t really want to let go of Revilla, a third round pick of Globalport in the 2013 draft, who, he considers a vital part of the three-year-old franchise that made the quarterfinals of the season-ending Governors Cup.
“Kursunada ni coach Chris ang laro niya. Perfect fit kasi sa sistema,” said the same source.