PETRON high-flyer Joseph Yeo considers the shelving of a trade that was supposed to involve him and Ronald Tubid his best post-Christmas present.
The former La Salle star said he received the best news so far this year when Petron team manager Hector Calma approached him after practice to inform him that the deal had been called off.
Ironically, it was also the Calma who broke to Yeo the news days ago that the Boosters were shipping him to Barako Bull in a straight swap for Tubid.
“Syempre tuwang-tuwa ako kasi nasabihan na rin ako dati ni Boss Hec (Calma) na malilipat ako," said Yeo, whose three-year stint with Petron has been his longest with a team in the PBA.
“Three years na ako dito, kaya parang ayaw ko na rin ng lipat ng lipat. Kumportable na ako dito."
A source from the San Miguel Corporation camp revealed that it was no less than team owner Ramon S. Ang who put his foot down when he learned that Yeo was on the trading block.
Before that, the trade was good as done until the George Chua-owned Barako franchise requested that rarely used Petron Alex Mallari be added to the package in exchange for a future first-round pick.
When asked about playing time - or his lack of it - in a Petron team loaded with talent in every position, Yeo responded like a true soldier.
“Yung playing time naman hindi mo kontrolado yun eh, kung gamitin ka ibigay mo na lang best mo … Hindi ako nagrereklamo, ipinapakita ko na lang yung worth ko every second na bigyan ako," he said.
With the transaction aborted, sources said three teams are now working on a six-player swap that will evolve around Mallari, the No. 3 pick in this year's rookie draft.
As for Yeo and Tubid, they are both safe where they are now, sources said.