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    Oftana to TNT, Rosario to Blackwater, Rosser to NLEX in six-player trade

    Sep 14, 2022
    PHOTO: PBA Images

    A six player, three-team trade that involved veteran Troy Rosario and young guns Calvin Oftana and Brandon Ganuelas-Rosser has just been finalized.

    The blockbuster trade kick off with Rosser and unrestricted free agent Paul Desiderio going to NLEX for the duo of rising star Oftana and big man Raul Soyud.

    The Bossing will then send Oftana - a recent addition to the Gilas Pilipinas pool of TNT and national coach Chot Reyes - and Soyud to TNT for Rosario and Gab Banal.

    [READ: Harvest of angry comments over shock TNT-NLEX-Blackwater trade]

    The trade papers have been submitted to the PBA office for approval.

    The deal puts an end to Rosario's close to seven-year stint with the telecommunication franchise, which ironically, also acquired him in a three-way trade in 2015 after being selected No. 2 overall pick by the KIA franchise.

    Last year, Rosario finally won his first PBA championship when the Tropang Giga ruled the Philippine Cup in a bubble set-up in Bacolor, Pampanga.


      But the National University product's showing dipped this season, and his presence was hardly felt in the recent all-Filipino title series which TNT lost to San Miguel in seven games.

      Rosario averaged just 6.4 points and 3.7 rebounds in the best-of-seven series as he largely played veteran slotman Kelly Williams.

      But in letting go of the 6-foot-7 Rosario, the Tropang Giga got in return a certified rising star in Oftana.

      [READ: Guiao says he had no prior knowledge of Oftana-to-TNT deal]

      The No. 3 overall pick in last year's draft emerged as the No. 1 scorer of NLEX this season, averaging 17.0 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 2.8 assists in what is so far a promising year for the former NCAA MVP.


      Oftana is the second major piece NLEX lost in less than a month after parting ways with coach Yeng Guiao earlier.

      Likewise, he was the second first round pick NLEX gave up to TNT after Mikey Williams, the no. 4 pick in the same draft class with Oftana, who was acquired by the Tropang Giga in a separate three-way trade last year.

      In acquiring Ganuelas-Rosser however, the Road Warriors again boosted their interior game that had been their waterloo in the past.

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      The 23-year-old Fil-Am big man was the top overall pick in this year's draft, but was hampered by a hand injury he suffered during the 31st Southeast Asian Games that kept him out of Blackwater's early games.

      He played in eight games with the Bossing including the playoffs, and averaged 11.1 points and 3.5 rebounds.

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