RANIDEL De Ocampo and TnT Katropa’s partnership built through years of winning championships finally ended on Monday.
In a stunning trade, the Katropa shipped De Ocampo to Phoenix for the rights to Norbert Torres and the Fuel Masters’ 2017 first round pick.
The Fuel Masters then dealt De Ocampo to Meralco for fellow big man Justin Chua and the Bolts’ first round pick in the coming draft.
Phoenix also shipped Chua to TnT in exchange for the Katropa's 2019 second round pick.
In his eight seasons with TnT, de Ocampo won six championships with the franchise playing under coaches Chot Reyes, Norman Black, and Jong Uichico.
He was acquired by the Katropa in 2008 through a trade with Don Allado.
"We're rebuilding for the future," said TnT team manager Virgil Villavicencio minutes after the trade was approved by the PBA Commissioner's Office.
Just hours before the trade, de Ocampo posted on his Twitter account @jutaca33 a cryptic message hinting about a news he's been waiting for.
Makatulog muna ngayon hapon, baka pag gising ko mamaya may balita na!— Ranidel De Ocampo (@jutaca33) September 11, 2017
"We have experience, but hindi na rin bumabata yung average age ng team," Villavicencio added.
The 35-year-old De Ocampo, a native of Tanza, Cavite, is the second piece of its previous championship team TnT traded this season after Larry Fonacier.
A long-time Gilas Pilipinas stalwart, de Ocampo won Finals MVP in the 2012-13 Philippine Cup and 2015 Commissioner's Cup, respectively.
He was also Best Player of the Conference in the 2014 Governors Cup, a three-time Mythical Five 1st team member, and a nine-time All-Star.