TALK 'N Text is set to acquire veteran guard Denok Miranda from GlobalPort in a one-on-one trade for Jay Washington, sources told Spin.ph on Monday.
The return of Washington is just the latest move in a busy offseason for the GlobalPort camp, which on Sunday finalized the deal acquiring Jervy Cruz - Batang Pier coach Pido Jarencio's former player at University Santo Tomas - from Rain or Shine in exchange for Jewel Ponferrada and a future second-round pick.
On the other hand, Miranda is expected to add experience and depth to the Talk 'N Text backcourt and a reliable back-up to Jayson Castro, more so once the proposed three-team trade with NLEX and KIA that involved incoming sophomore Kevin Alas is put to bed.
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“On the side of TnT, Denok is a career reliever, so if Kevin Alas is really on his way to NLEX, then getting Denok would make sense as he can provide quality minutes as Jayson Castro's reliever. Then looking forward, the Kevin Alas trade is also a part of another transaction that would allow TnT to get Kia's 2016 first round pick which TnT will probably use to get Keifer Ravena. Also, shipping Jwash makes sense if the Kia trade pushes through since Rosario will be taking over that spot Jwash will be vacating. Or even if the trade doesn't happen, TnT would still need to release a fil-foreigner to accomodate Tautuaa as TnT would exceed the number of fil-foreigners limit per team." - jaworski3_points
Sources said the deal was finalized on Monday night and the papers will be sent to the PBA Commissioner's Office on Tuesday.
"Pinirmahan na nila ngayong gabi 'yan," said the source who is privy to the negotiations.
Spin.ph has previously reported that Talk 'N Text was in talks to acquire KIA's first-round pick at No. 2 overall by sending Alas to NLEX, which will then ship Aldrech Ramos and another player to the KIA camp.
Talk 'N Text also owns the top pick overall from a previous trade with Blackwater and completion of this deal will give the Texters the top two picks in the August 23 draft.
No deal has been announced, but Moala Tautuaa and Troy Rosario - the consensus top two picks - are now both in the national pool backed by the PLDT group.
On the other hand, Washington is expected to bring experience and size to a GlobalPort team that has rebuilt its lineup with a young core of Terrence Romeo, Stanley Pringle and Joseph Yeo.