TROY Rosario's move to the Talk 'N Text camp has been finally consummated.
After months of speculation, the No. 2 pick in the last PBA Rookie Draft is set to move to Talk 'N Text through a three-team, five-player trade agreed upon with Mahindra (formerly KIA) and sister team NLEX.
[Editor's note: PBA has approved the trade 1 1/2 hours after this story came out]
Under the final terms of the trade which underwent several revisions since Spin.ph first reported it in June, Talk 'N Text sent sophomore guard Kevin Alas and veteran Rob Reyes to Mahindra for the rights to Rosario.
Mahindra then will get more vital pieces by sending Alas to NLEX in exchange for Gilas pool member Aldrech Ramos and high flying forward KG Canaleta.
Kia team manager Eric Pineda confirmed the details of the deal, but said he has yet to sign the papers.
"Parang 'yan na nga 'yun (combination), pero di pa ko nakakapirma," said Pineda, who hinted that it might just be the final proposal before it is consummated.
"Ayos lang yan!" he added with a smile.
According to sources, the trade proposal has already been sent to the PBA office and will likely be the first trade to be approved by newly appointed commissioner Chito Narvasa.
The complicated deal was agreed upon over two months after Spin.ph first reported about negotiations between Talk 'N Text and KIA (now Mahindra) for the No. 2 pick in the PBA draft, with the Texters' eyes clearly set on Rosario.
The deal has since gone through several revisions, with Mahindra finally letting Rosario go by getting three veteran players in Canaleta, Ramos and Reyes who can instantly start for the second-year franchise.
They Said It!
“This is actually a good trade. Rosario is still a rookie. Kahit na sabihin mo pang mataas ang potential, kailangan pa rin talaga idevelop yan. Mahindra actually got a lot in return by getting Aldrech, Kg and Reyes. Come to think of it, Rosario cannot be equal to the talent of those 3 combined. Mahindra needed immediate help and they get it now." - EnyongKuryente
Rosario, a vastly improved 6-7 forward out of National University, will now team up with top rookie pick Moala Tautuaa to give the ageing Tropang Texters a big boost in the frontline.
The development will come as another blow for the rebuilding NLEX team which last year was forced to give up first-round pick Matt Ganuelas-Rosser to Talk 'N Text in a trade that also involved Alas and the Blackwater Elite.
If it was any consolation, the Road Warriors now get a high-scoring threat in Alas, who they hope will reprise his heroics for the team in the PBA D-League.
Contacted by Spin.ph for comment, NLEX governor Ramoncito Fernandez confirmed the trade papers have already been forwarded to the Commissioner's Office for approval.
"I think you can just call the PBA for the official detail (of the trade). Pero napasa na namain yan ngayon," said the amiable team official.