RR Garcia was just recently given the green light to return to action after a nagging shoulder injury kept him on the sidelines since the start of the PBA Commissioner's Cup.
Little did he know that he will be playing not for San Miguel but against the Beermen in his comeback game on May 5, after the trade that sent him to TNT Katropa in exchange for Matt Ganuelas Rosser.
For Garcia, such is the life of a PBA player.
"Nabigla din ako na na-trade ako. Siyempre maglalaro na rin ako nun e. Ang playing date ko talaga TNT ang kalaban kaya ayun siguro, nung sinabihan ako, nagulat ako," Garcia told SPIN.ph after attending his first practice with his new team.
"Siyempre di naman tayo pwedeng malungkot kasi player tayo, professional tayo. Di mo masabi hanggang kailangan ka mag-stay sa isang team pero yun nga, nagulat lang ako," he added.
The former UAAP MVP out of Far Eastern University insisted that he has no ill feelings towards his former team, where he won his first PBA championship in the last Philippine Cup.
But he nonetheless vowed to be ready for the game against the Beermen.
"Siyempre paghahandaan ko rin, nagpapakundisyon pa rin ako kasi ang first game namin against San Miguel pa, siyempre dating team ko kaya kailangan pagtrabahuhan," Garcia said.
"Wala namang added motivation, ang sa akin lang siyempre kung ano yung laro ko, yun ang ipapakita."
Despite averaging 10 points a game since being taken by GlobalPort with the sixth pick overall in the 2013 rookie draft, Garcia has surprisingly bounced around from one team to another in his four years as a pro.
TNT is already his sixth team in the PBA after stints with GlobalPort, Barako Bull, Phoenix, Star and San Miguel.
This, however, hardly discourages Garcia, who said he understands trades are a part of his life as a professional basketball player.
"Sa akin hindi naman, buhay naman namin 'yan na kung saan ka talaga komportable, dun ka talaga makakapag-stay. So trabaho lang talaga," Garcia, 27, said.
But he still hopes that TNT will be the team that he can call home as he reunites with his college coach Nash Racela, alongside fellow former Tamaraws RR Pogoy and Al Francis Tamsi.
"Masaya din naman ako siyempre, si coach Nash magkasama rin kami sa FEU dati, alam ko rin naman yung sistema niya," Garcia said. "Ngayon magkakasama kami ulit."
"Nagpapasalamat din talaga ako sa San Miguel kasi nag-champion ako dun. Sana madala ko rin dito."