With three straight defeats and the title of being the only winless club in the [tag]2006 PBA Talk N Text Philippine Cup[/tag], [tag]San Miguel Beer[/tag] knew they had to do something dramatic to swing their fortunes around. Yesterday, they consumated a [tag]trade deal [/tag]with [tag]Red Bull Barakos[/tag] and sister team [tag]Brgy Ginebra Gin Kings[/tag] to bring hotshot [tag]Lordy Tugade[/tag], shotblocker [tag]Omanzie Rodriguez[/tag] from the Barakos and center [tag]Rommel Adducul[/tag] from Gin Kings to their fold.
The acquisition of Adducul, Tugade and Rodriguez provides a timely shot in the arm for the Beermen. The team has been struggling under the stewardship of [tag]Chot Reyes[/tag] with the injuries to [tag]Danny Ildefonso[/tag] and [tag]Danny Seigle[/tag] and with the utter lack of back up big men after [tag]Dorian Pena[/tag]. Adducul, who has requested the Gin Kings to trade him since last year, has not been able to crack the Gin Kings’ deep frontline rotation and played only sparingly in the team’s first few games. He will play in tonight’s game against the Alaska Aces taking over the slack left by Ildefonso. Lordy Tugade, meanwhile, became expendable to the Barakos with the emergence of [tag]Larry Fonacier[/tag], [tag]Cyrus Baguio[/tag] and [tag]Leo Najorda[/tag]. The Tugade trade leaves Junthy Valenzuela and Mick Pennisi as the only remaining remnants of the original 2000 Red Bull team. Tugade, though, will not be able to play in the Beermen’s next couple of games to rest an injured knee. Rodriguez will take over Noble’s spot.
Red Bull gained additional frontline help with the addition of big men [tag]Migs Noble[/tag] and [tag]Mark Kong[/tag] who are expected to contend minutes with reserve [tag]Carlo Sharma[/tag] and resident big man [tag]Mick Pennisi[/tag]. The team expects Fonacier and Baguio to improve even more with Tugade’s exit. The Barakos also received future draft picks from the Beermen.
Brgy. Ginebra didn’t really need any additional manpower with their already loaded lineup. It could be noted that the Gin Kings have been trying to unload the 6-6 Adducul in the offseason but couldn’t find a deal to their liking. In exchange for Adducul, the team settled for a future first round draft pick who they hope could turn into something. [tag]Paolo Hubalde[/tag] is a reserve at this point and would be valuable if any of their point guards break down.
To give you an idea on how the deal went through, see breakdown below:
Incoming – Lordy Tugade, Omanzie Rodriguez, Rommel Adducul
Outgoing – Mark Kong, Migs Noble, Paolo Hubalde, 1st and 2nd rd picks in 2007 draft
Incoming – Mark Kong, Migs Noble, SMB’s 2007 1st and 2nd rd picks
Outgoing – Lordy Tugade, Omanzie Rodriguez, 2008 1st rd pick
Incoming – Paolo Hubalde, Red Bull’s 2008 1st rd pick
Outgoing – Rommel Adducul
The deal was a no-brainer for SMB. Lordy Tugade and Rommel Adducul will help ease the burden off the Beermen’s young rookies LA Tenorio and Gabby Espinas. They will basically fill in the spots left by Ildefonso and Seigle who are both in-and-out of sickbay for the past 2 years. If the two Dannys return in their healthy form, this will no doubt make SMB a very strong team that could rival that of Ginebra’s. Omanzie Rodriguez will bring his shotblocking ability to a team lacking in one, that is, if he actually sees action on court (heck, migs noble and mark kong couldn’t even play). The trade, however, means that they have mortgaged their future. They’ve traded away their first round draft picks in the next two years to Air21 (in exchange for the 4th pick in last draft which turned out to be LA Tenorio) and Red Bull (although they have an option to exercise Coca Cola’s draft pick next year, if the Tigers stay).
For Red Bull, it came as no surprise they dealt Lordy Tugade. The trade means more playing minutes to Cyrus Baguio, Junthy Valenzuela, Larry Fonacier and Leo Najorda and they’re hoping each one of them develops into the kind of player Tugade was. Historically, they’re used to trading one of their main men in exchange for scrubs. Kerby Raymundo was basically traded by the team for a 2nd rd pick (Cyrus Baguio) and Mike Hrabak (reserved list). Former PBA MVP Willie Miller was traded for a first round pick (Denver Lopez). The deal netted a couple of reserve big men who are not deserving of roster spots: Mark Kong and Migs Noble. You see, the Barakos are not the wisest traders but they sure have luck in netting one of the top raw talents in the draft. I will grade this deal incomplete for Red Bull because I have yet to see what this future pick would turn out to be. Who knows, it could be JC Intal! (ok, maybe not because the Beermen would be a stronger team after this trade)
This was a bad deal for Ginebra. There were talks in the offseason that big man Rommel Adducul was being shopped around especially after the acquisition of Raffy Reavies, Billy Mamaril and Rudy Hatfield from Coca Cola. Welcoat even offered their first round pick in 2008 but the Gin Kings just nixed them. Tell me, who will likely have a better draft placing in the 2008 draft, Red Bull or Welcoat? But I guess, the SMC franchise is just keen on keeping Adducul within the SMC umbrella.
Purefoods is the biggest loser in this trade deal. All along, we thought SMC had Adducul going to the Chunkee Giants. Adducul would have formed a very nice frontcourt combo with Pingris and Raymundo but as fate would have it, no one was willing to play conduit to a trade deal making the Giants a stronger team. Brgy Ginebra and San Miguel are already formidable, and Purefoods could have secured some “little” help from their two sisters to make them an awesome threesome. The Chunkee Giants are still in a hangover after a successful title run but I think it’s time to have some sense of urgency that all teams have built up. The season’s still young, though, and there will be a lot of trades brewing up, and before you could wink, there may be another deal coming…