Sean Anthony joins Meralco, Salvacion and Ballesteros move to Blackwater in five-player, three-team deal
The trade fulfilled NLEX's commitment to send Sean Anthony back to the PLDT group when it acquired the Bert Lina-owned Air21 franchise at the end of the season. Blackwater, on the other hand, gained Sunday Salvacion and Jason Ballesteros from the transaction. Jerome Ascano

BOTH have yet to play a single game in the PBA, yet newcomers NLEX Warriors and Blackwater Sports Elite have already started moving around players ahead of the new season.

The former PBA D-League rivals have become part of a five-player that will pave the way for former Air21 star Sean Anthony's move to NLEX's sister team Meralco Bolts.

In a proposal now on its way to the PBA office for approval, NLEX, which acquired the Air21 franchise at the end of the season, will send Anthony and Simon Atkins to Blackwater Sports for the Elite's 2016 and 2017 second-round picks as well as rookie Juneric Baloria.

The Dioceldo Sy-owned franchise will then ship Anthony and Atkins to Meralco for veteran gunner Sunday Salvacion and big man Jason Ballesteros.

Anthony's move to Meralco was reported by last June after NLEX acquired the Bert Lina-owned Air21 franchise at the end of the season.

[See Joseph Yeo bound for Ginebra, Anthony to Meralco in pre-agreed deals]

Anthony, who arrived from the US last Tuesday, was a former Talk 'N Text player who was shipped to Air21 in the Nino Canaleta deal under a 'gentleman's agreement' that he would be returned to the PLDT camp in the event of a sale.

By joining the trade between the two sister teams, Blackwater acquired two major pieces in Salvacion and Ballesteros, who will come in handy for the Elite after the breakdown of negotiations with dispersal draft pick-up Danny Ildefonso.

[See Retirement looms for Danny Ildefonso as talks with Blackwater turns ugly turn]

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