RUMOR: Blackwater, holding the second overall pick in the upcoming 2018 PBA Rookie Draft, is ready to send the rights to TNT KaTropa for high-scoring guard Terrence Romeo.
FACT: Rumors of the supposed trade proposal have been going around for weeks now, the talk gaining steam with the annual draft proceedings fast approaching.
Even Blackwater team owner Dioceldo Sy admitted getting wind of the rumor, though he attested that as of now, he has yet to receive a single trade offer for the draft pick, much less from TNT.
"I heard about it, but they haven't approached me yet," he told Spin.ph when asked about the supposed trade offer.
Blackwater is no stranger to dealing with TNT.
In 2014, the Elite joined an NLEX-TNT transaction where Kevin Alas, originally selected by Rain or Shine at No. 2, was shipped to the Road Warriors and eventually, to the KaTropa. Blackwater got Larry Rodriguez and TNT's 2015 first-rounder, which later turned to be Art dela Cruz, in exchange for its 2015 first round pick, which eventually became Mo Tautuaa.
Blackwater also engaged in a one-on-one trade with TNT in 2016, receiving shooter Dylan Ababou for big man Frank Golla.
For Sy, there are only two guys who he wants to take with the Elite's top two selection: CJ Perez or Ray Parks.
"Either CJ Perez or Ray Parks, we'll get them," he said.
But Columbian, which owns the top selection in this year's draft, already has its eyes set on Perez at first overall, leaving Parks as the only other choice for Blackwater.
That's not really a bad draw for the Elite as Sy is intent on taking Parks despite the second-generation star set to join San Miguel Alab Pilipinas' bid for back-to-back titles in the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) before moving to the PBA.
"If Ray is there, we'll get Ray," he said.
Sy also bared that he has come to an agreement with San Miguel management that the latter will release Parks in time for the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup, that is if the two-time ABL Local MVP indeed ends up with the Elite.
"That's our goal eh. We want to strengthen our team for the all-Filipino," said the affable team owner.
Blackwater has yet to crack the playoffs in the Philippine Cup, its best finish coming in 2017 when it wound up at ninth place with a 5-6 card.
So is trading the No. 2 pick still an option for the Elite? Sy refuses to close the door on that.
"It depends on the offer," he said.