SAN Miguel Beer has won two PBA championships last season, but that doesn't mean the team is twiddling its thumbs waiting for the next campaign to start.
The Beermen, in fact, are in the process of putting together a deal that sources said would send forward Chris Lutz and veteran guard Ronald Tubid to Barako Bull, likely for younger players or future draft picks.
San Miguel's pressing need at the moment is for a solid back-up to June Mar Fajardo, who has logged more minutes than coach Leo Austria had hoped for with Jay-R Reyes and Yancy de Ocampo as his back-ups.
The team only got one big man from the draft in former Jose Rizal University center Michael Mabulac.
That's the reason second-year player Jake Pascual is an enticing prospect for the Beermen, especially in the season-opening Philippine Cup where Fajardo will need all the help he can get in the absence of imports.
The Beermen, sources said, could also likely get a first-round pick from the deal, which could put them in a good position for players that will come out for the 2017 draft, expected to be led by Jeron Teng.
On the other hand, Barako is facing a bigger problem with a lineup that has an army of guards in its roster following a trade with Ginebra that brought in Emman Monfort, Josh Urbiztondo and Jens Knuttel and a separate deal with SMB that saw the Energy swap Brian Heruela for Jeric Fortuna.
Prior to the trades, Barako already had RR Garcia, Chico Lanete, James Forrester and reserve Paul Sorongon before drafting another guard in Kris Rosales.
Sources said Barako is in talks with Star for a possible deal for Garcia.