NICO Salva, Ronnie Matias, Bonbon Custodio, Val Acuna, and Ronjay Buenafe were thrown into the mix with Yancy De Ocampo and Yousef Taha as a three-team, seven-player trade was approved by the PBA Commissioner's Office on Tuesday night.
A deal first reported by Spin.ph on Monday was finally completed by GlobalPort, beginning with a straight swap that brought Matias and the well-travelled sophomore Taha to San Mig for veteran big man De Ocampo and the rarely used Acuna.
GlobalPort then clinched the second part of the deal with Barako Bull, which acquired rookie big man Salva and veteran guard Custodio for Buenafe and a future second-round pick of the Energy.
Sources said Matias and Acuna were added to the package on the request of San Mig, which is trying to beef up its frontline in preparation for shot at a rare grand slam in the Governors Cup playoffs.
The three-team, seven player trade was approved by PBA commissioner Chito Salud.
Buenafe was still playing what turned out to be his last game for Barako Bull against Ginebra on Tuesday night when the trade was consummated.
Buenafe's playing time has dipped significantly since Siot Tanquingcen took over at Barako Bull, but not gives a youth-laden GlobalPort side a pair of steady hands in the perimeter.
From last year, Buenafe has completed a whirlwind journey from Rain or Shine to Meralco to Barako Bull and now to Globalport - a dizzying situation similar to the career path of Taha who has now joined San Mig after getting involved in the fourth trade of his career.
Joining Taha at San Mig is Matias, who, like former Rain or Shine teammate Buenafe, has jumped from Air21 to Globalport and now to the Mixers camp in a span of one season.
On the other hand, De Ocampo gives GlobalPort a veteran presence in the middle while Salva, a former Ateneo star who never got going with the Batang Pier, is expected to get a career re-start at Barako Bull.
The recently completed trade deal is expected to trigger more player swaps, particularly from teams currently struggling to make the Governors’ Cup playoffs.