NOTHING is cast in stone as far as the controversial trade involving KIA and San Miguel Beer is concerned.
The Beermen, according to persons privy to the negotiations, are open of giving more than the players the franchise reportedly offered in a trade for the rights to the No. 1 overall pick in this year's PBA rookie draft owned by the Picanto.
On Saturday, it was bared that KIA has agreed to trade the No. 1 pick to San Miguel for seldom-used players Shawn McCarthy, Jay-R Reyes and Keith Agovida, drawing the anger of fans who feel the deal was too one-sided in the Beermen's favor.
The deal is pending approval from the Commissioner's Office, which is not expected to act on the trade until Monday.
As it is, the trade papers were filed at the PBA office last Thursday yet.
The multi-titled franchise, according to a source, is ready to include some more players to the package with the exception of its deadly starting unit of Chris Ross, Alex Cabagnot, Arwind Santos, Marcio Lassiter, and four-time MVP June Mar Fajardo.
As of Sunday, names such as veterans Ronald Tubid and Yancy de Ocampo along with youngster Matt Ganuelas Rosser have been thrown around in the negotiations.
Only McCarthy was part of the original deal for KIA's first round pick, which is expected to be Fil-German and Gilas Pilipinas player Christian Standhardinger.
The Picanto are eyeing to have Gabby Espinas sweeten the pot, a source added. The team is also sold on getting Tubid and Agovida instead of McCarthy and Reyes instead of de Ocampo.
"Both parties are now trying to come up with a trade that would equal the value of the No. 1 overall pick," said the same source.
Insiders said the Beermen are also taking a risk in the trade given the uncertainty of Standhardinger's status. The 27-year-old is committed to play for the Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions in the Asean Basketball League (ABL) and there are no gurantees he'll move to the PBA after that despite applying for the draft.
"In effect, rights lang ang makukuha nila dun," said the source. " And you can never tell what will happen after that."
So what if the trade pushes through and San Miguel used the pick to draft Kiefer Ravena instead of Standhardinger?
"Now that's a different story altogether," said the source.