This is just in. LA Tenorio and Larry Fonacier have been traded by the Magnolia Beverage Masters to the Alaska Aces for Mike Cortez and Ken Bono. My gut feel is that there’s more to come. Alaska became a much faster team (and probably more feisty) with the entry of ex-Ateneo alums Tenorio and Fonacier. Fonacier will give the Aces something they needed for a long time – a pure outside shooter who can play defense and doesn’t choke in the clutch. He may just be the doctor ordered for the Aces. Fonacier could very well essay the role played by Jojo Lastimosa during his heydays. It has been no secret that Alaska coach Tim Cone had his eyes on Fonacier since draft day 2005 (only Red Bull beat them to the draw) and now that he has him, expect a lot of things in store for the 6’1″ Quezon City native. Tenorio’s addition will give the Aces a younger (and probably) better player at the point. Only 5’8″, Tenorio makes up for his deficiency in size with spunk and court savvy.
The trade hardly make any sense for the Beverage Masters. Not only is Cortez injury-prone but they are also giving up one talented young point guard in LA Tenorio which leads me to believe that the Cool Cat’s stint with Magnolia could be shorter than expected. My guess is that both Bono and Cortez are bargaining chips that will enable them to land the likes of Jimmy Alapag and Arwind Santos, and possibly another big man. There were talks last month that new TNT coach Chot Reyes was interested with Mike Cortez and have reportedly dangled Jimmy Alapag, only Alaska turned down the trade offer. Santos could be the defensive stopper Magnolia needs at this point. He could be available in exchange for a legit big man which Air21 desperately needs in their dough nut (“hole in the middle”) filled roster.
Well, it couldn’t get any hotter than this. This could be busiest offseason ever.