We continue our series on trades that each squad can make to acquire Terrence Romeo (read Part 1 here). For this piece, these are the teams that could realistically make a run at the scoring champion, as they have the pieces and the need to acquire someone like Romeo. Once again, a reminder that these trades are made to benefit both squads. Let’s jump right into it!
Blackwater trades: Roi Sumang, JP Erram, 2018 1st round pick
Why Blackwater does it: Offensively, a lineup of Romeo, Mike DiGregorio, Allein Maliksi, Mac Belo and Raymar Jose would be devastating. There would be all the space in the world for Romeo to create on offense, and he would have a scorer like Maliksi to complement him, as Allein has the ability to create his own shot as well. Losing Erram would be a big blow to the Elite, but Jose and Belo would be a nice frontcourt to keep the ball zipping and moving around.
Possibility this trade happens: 40%
Blackwater has a lot of talented players to offer in a package for the Batang Pier, but there’s a sense that the Elite wants to see where their current squad can go. They almost shocked Meralco in the semis last conference, giving them a lot of hope heading into next season. Getting a franchise player like Romeo would be a huge coup, but let’s see where this underdog squad can go.
Alaska trades: Jvee Casio, Vic Manuel, Kevin Racal
Why Alaska does it: They have a glaring lack of offense, particularly from the perimeter. Jvee Casio has been one of the most consistent point guards in the league when healthy, but it’s clear at his stage in his career that he can’t take over games anymore with his shooting. Same thing for Vic Manuel, who has been in and out of the lineup due to injuries. Teaming Romeo would the ferocity of Calvin Abueva would be one of the toughest one-two punches in the league.
Possibility this trade happens: 50%
If Alaska is serious about looking to get back in the Finals again, then they have to take a serious look at Terrence. He might not fit the 20-25 minutes per game approach of Coach Alex Compton, but having him out there would reinvigorate an Alaska squad that just looked stuck in mud last season. The Batang Pier would also be getting two solid vets in Casio and Manuel, plus a defensive minded Racal to guard the opposing team’s best perimeter player.
Star trades: Paul Lee, Justin Melton, Rodney Brondial
Why Star does it: One of the biggest issues challenging Star is how to manage minutes for so many talented backcourt guards. One way is to offer a package that combines several of them for Romeo. They probably don’t want to lose a player like Paul, but they need Mark Barroca to mentor Jio Jalalon. Same thing for PJ Simon, who is a fixture on Star’s roster. That leaves the Leethal Weapon, and Justin Melton. Throw in an energy big man like Rodney Brondial, and this could be quite an appealing package.
Possibility this trade happens: 65%
A lot of this depends on the health of Lee, who went down with another knee injury during the semis of the Governors’ Cup. But when he’s healthy, he is still an awesome multi-dimensional scorer. If GlobalPort wants a player with the potential to have an effect similar to Romeo, then taking a flyer on Lee is a gamble they have to make. They could ask for Jalalon instead of Lee, but Star seems to be enamored with The Cyclone. Interesting decision to be made here.
Meralco trades: Baser Amer, Anjo Caram
Why Meralco does it: To be perfectly honest, I’m only putting them in this group because of the trade rumors involving the Bolts and Batang Pier. On paper, it doesn’t really make a lot of sense because the Bolts are stacked in the backcourt. Baser and Chris Newsome are locks, and Anjo Caram and Mike Tolomia are excellent change of pace guards that provide the team with different dimensions when they enter the game. This could be a kneejerk reaction to Amer’s struggles in the PBA Finals. But it’s only his second season, and there’s such a bright future ahead for him.
Possibility this trade happens: 70%
Once again, I guess this trade rumor has legs because of news trickling out. If the original proposal of Newsome and Amer for Romeo is true, then that’s a huge price to pay for The Bro. If there were really a trade to happen, choosing from one of the talented backcourt bench players of the Bolts seems more realistic.
Phoenix Fuel Masters
Phoenix trades: RJ Jazul, JC Intal, 2018 1st round pick
Why Phoenix does it: Matthew Wright and Terrence Romeo on the same team? Yes please. As great a scorer as Wright is, it was a common sight for Phoenix’s opponents to throw the kitchen sink at their talented rookie, as very few players on the Fuel Masters’ roster could provide consistent scoring for him. Having Romeo to alleviate the scoring burden would make him a much more efficient player. And it would also allow rookie Jason Perkins to concentrate on crashing the glass and spreading the ball around. I love this fit for Romeo.
Possibility this trade happens: 75%
I think the Fuel Masters should offer anyone on their roster not including Wright or Perkins in a trade for Romeo. It just makes too much sense. Assistant Coach Topex Robinson would have so much fun devising ways to score against teams, and while Coach Louie Alas may find himself shaking his head at the defensive breakdowns, it’s still a gamble worth taking. Offering their first round pick next year would sting, but this is Terrence freaking Romeo. Make it happen!
TNT trades: Kris Rosales, Moala Tautuaa
Why TNT does it: They are desperately searching for ways to win a championship already, and since they don’t have a giant on the level of June Mar Fajardo and Greg Slaughter, slaying them with an electric duo of Romeo and Jayson Castro is a nice alternative. We can catch a glimpse of how successful they are as a duo in Gilas, and having either The Blur or The Bro on the floor at all times will a game changer.
Possibility this trade happens: 80%
In my opinion, this is the perfect fit for both teams. TNT gets an upgrade on offense, and GlobalPort gets the rare opportunity to acquire a big man with the potential of Moala Tautuaa. Coach Franz Pumaren has a proven track record of developing big men, and having more of a free flowing offense could help Big Mo, who is only entering his 3rd season in the league. Rosales would also fit in nicely as the defensive minded shooting guard side by side with Stanley Pringle.