A PBA rule on trades aborted Petron/ San Miguel big man Yousef Taha's planned return to GlobalPort, taking the well-travelled sophomore center out of the complex seven-player, four-team deal that was reported by Spin.ph on Monday night and approved by the league on Tuesday.
Taha, a tireless Fil-Kuwaiti slotman, was supposed to be traded to GlobalPort for rookie Justin Chua as part of a series of transactions that also involved Petron's Jason Deustchman, Air21's Bonbon Custodio, GlobalPort's Leo Najorda, and Barako Bull's Jonas Villanueva and Rico Maierhofer.
A separate deal included the Sol Mercado-Alex Cabagnot swap.
However, Taha was taken out of the equation by technicality due to a league rule prohibiting traded players from returning to their former teams until after two conferences.
The well-built Taha, drafted 11th overall by the Air21 Express in the 2012 rookie draft, was shipped by Globalport to Petron for the No. 5 pick overall in this season's draft - a right the Boosters got from Barako Bull in exchange for Magi Sison and Mark Isip.
GlobalPort went on to use the draft right to pick Terrence Romeo.
San Miguel Corp. basketball operations head Robert Non confirmed that the Taha-Chua trade deal has been revised due to the league rule.
Instead, Petron now plans to send Fil-Am forward Jason Deutchman plus its 2016 and 2017 second-round picks to Barako Bull in exchange for veteran forward Rico Maierhofer.
The series of transactions were approved by the PBA Commissioner's Office on Tuesday afternoon.
But the top SMC official said Petron/San Miguel and Globalport will revisit the trade deal after the Commissioner’s Cup, by which time Taha will be eligible to return to the Batang Pier.
On Monday, Spin.ph reported that the two-part deal will start off with GlobalPort sending veteran wingman Leo Najorda to Barako Bull for Jonas Villanueva who in turn will be shipped to Air21 for two-guard Bonbon Custodio.
Petron/San Miguel will then get involved in the second part of the transaction, supposedly dealing Taha and its 2016 second-round pick to Barako Bull for Maierhofer.
Taha was supposed to be sent by Barako to GlobalPort for Chua, who will then be shipped by the Energy to Petron/San Miguel for Deustchman and the 2016 second-round pick.