THERE may not be a reunion for good friends Sol Mercado and Chris Ross at Globalport afterall.
Just a day after acquiring Ross from Meralco in a four-play deal, Globalport has decided to trade the cat-quick Fil-American guard to Barako Bull for the sixth pick overall in the coming PBA rookie draft, a source said.
“A lot of people are saying lugi kami sa trade kahapon, because we traded away our best scorer in Gary David. They’re wrong,” said the source from the Globalport camp.
“If you are going to study carefully, tatlong picks makukuha namin for Gary. Just what we needed to make the team better and younger,” the source added.
On Friday, Globalport dealt David and rookie AJ Mandani to the Meralco Bolts for Ross, seldom-used guard Chris Timberlake plus second-round draft picks in 2016 and 2017.
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But the source from the Mikee Romero franchise bared that the transaction was just the tip of the iceberg.
“Tingin mo papayag si Boss Mikee na malugi sa trade?” insisted the Globalport source, who pointed out that with the Ross trade the team will have the sixth, seventh and 11th picks in a talented draft.
And with the sixth pick, the Globalport coaching staff is now looking to tab University of Santo Tomas Tigers star shooter Jeric Teng, who the coaches want to develop into a younger version of David.
Also on the wish list of the Sultan 900 Incorporated squad are draft applicants Nico Salva, Justin Chua, Raymond Almazan and Ronald Pascual, who still has to secure a release from Gilas cadet management.
“Globalport, after the draft, will be a brand-new team capable of becoming a contender for the next five years,” said the source.
Meanwhile, Spin.ph also learned from the same source that Ross might not stay in Barako Bull for long as he will also be used as a trade bait for a legitimate scorer and a steady guard.
Efforts to contact Barako Bull management were unsuccessful at posting time.