IT turned out the Jay Washington-Noy Baclao trade is just the tip of the iceberg.
Sources told Spin.ph that another wave of trade transactions involving rookie Kevin Alas are about to take place, shortly after PBA commissioner Chito Salud approved the deal that sent GlobalPort's Washington to Talk 'N Text in exchange for Baclao, Harold Arboleda and the Texters' 2018 second-round draft pick.
As it is, the deal had already kicked off another deal that saw GlobalPort send Arboleda and two second-round picks in 2016 and 2018 to NLEX for No. 4 rookie pick overall Matt Rosser, who in turn was shipped to Talk 'N Text in exchange for the Texters' first-round pick in the 2017 draft.
However, that may not be the end of it.
Talk 'N Text, in a bid to add young blood to an ageing lineup, is currently finalizing talks with Rain or Shine for the rights to Alas, the former Gilas cadet and Letran star who played for the Texters' sister team NLEX Warriors in the PBA D-League.
Alas was picked by Rain or Shine at No. 2 overall in the last rookie draft but has suddenly become dispensable after free agent guard Paul Lee decided to stay put on a fresh two-year deal.
Sources said Talk 'N Text may either hold on to Alas or ship him to NLEX, but the Texters also has to find takers for Washington since, with Rosser in, they are way over the maximum of five Fil-foreign players in the lineup.
NLEX is expected to part with a couple of draft picks as part of the three-team transaction.
The only remaining hitch in the negotiations, sources said, is that Rain or Shine wants two first-round picks for Alas while NLEX is only willing to part with its 2015 first-round pick and a second-round draft pick in 2016.
“Gusto nung kabila (Rain or Shine) dalawang first round (picks),” said a source privy to the negotiations. “Depende pa kung ano ang mapapagkasunduan. Pero ongoing ang negotiation.”
Another source said the San Miguel group is also looking to join the hunt for Alas if the current deal falls through.