Terrence Romeo is one of the hottest commodities in the PBA today. At 25 years old, he’s been named scoring champion twice. He’s been an all-star thrice and had won showcase’s MVP award two times. He was named into the league Mythical second team in 2015, and then made it to the first team in 2016.
After just four years in the league, we know Terrence is well on his way to cracking the list of the Greatest Players of the PBA. That’s why when he reportedly asked for a trade, teams went gaga over ways they could acquire the soon-to-be-legendary skill set of the Bro.
Trade rumors started spreading like forest fire. And today, we’ll come up with some more. We’ll look at every team in the league and see what offers they can whip up to try and snatch Romeo.
Before we get on with the list though, do understand that all the trades I offered in my four years of fantasy basketball experience were rejected. Not only were they denied, they were ridiculed. I’m not always on-point when it comes to gauging the fairness in trades. So bear with me if some of these get a bit unconventional.
The Alaska Aces is one of the teams that could really use the services of a Terrence Romeo. They have a lot of talent on their roster but they’ve been needing an extra boost – especially after their losing skid that went on for almost half a year.
The only Alaska player who could work with a one-for-one with Terrence would be Calvin Abueva. That could be one option. But let’s say the Aces – much like all of us – want to see how much damage a Bro-Beast combination would do in the PBA. Let’s say they don’t want to let go of Calvin.
So instead, they’ll offer JVee Casio, Carl Bryan Cruz and Kevin Racal. Romeo takes on the role of Casio. Cruz barely saw playing time for the Aces. That only leaves an opening in Racal’s role. But wait a minute… who did they draft again? Jeron Teng. Possibly the perfect guy to fill in for him.
This team has made huge strides last season. And with how they performed in the recent draft, there just going to get better by the next. You know how else they can improve? By getting the league’s best scorer.
All they have to do is deal away Allein Maliksi and Poy Erram. That will leave them with a promising trio of Romeo, Mac Belo and Raymar Jose. Yup, FEU boys. Then throw in a fast-rising gunner in Mike DiGregorio. Then get bench boosts from a veteran in KG Canaleta and a hungry player in Roi Sumang. Then stir in Reil Cervantes and Denok Miranda just because they’re former Tamaraws, too.
Hey, that’s a lineup that works.
Ah, Ginebra, one of the few teams that don’t exactly need Terrence. Mainly because they’re pretty complete already. But for the sake of discussion, and for the sake of the hate I’m going to get for this… what if Terrence figured in a straight up trade for LA Tenorio? Wouldn’t that just the craziest thing to happen? After their altercation earlier this year, after the gestures Terrence threw at the crowd, I’d love to see how the die-hards react to this deal.
Here’s another scenario though. What if Romeo and Tenorio could play together for the Barangay? The trade would be Terrence and Bradwyn Guinto for Greg Slaughter and, let’s say, Jett Manuel OR a future pick. Yes? No?
Man, this is hard. The team that needs a guy like Terrence the most is the team that barely has the pieces to make a deal for him. Kia might just have to trade away the entire team – coaches included – just to get the Bro.
There aren’t a lot of major pieces in this Kia team right now. But let’s put together significant names. Put together LA Revilla, Glenn Khobuntin and Russell Escoto (and maybe Ronald Tubid, too), and you might have a trade. Kia gets a franchise guy. GlobalPort gets players who should find their roles in the Neon Nation.
But really, the most important question here is: can Terrence’s game fit the system that the team is trying to impose?
Let’s stick with the originally reported potential transaction between Meralco and GlobalPort. The Bolts get Romeo, the Batang Pier gets Baser Amer and Chris Newsome.
One problem Meralco had in the Finals against Ginebra was that there were stretches in end games when they completely relied on Allen Durham to produce points (not in game seven though because Newsome, Anjo Caram and Jared Dillinger fought like Spartans). I’m not sure if it was guys shying out of big moments or it was simply game plan to give the ball to the Hulk. But they could use a closer like Terrence who somehow hits the most difficult shots in the biggest moments with the toughest defenders in front of him. However, giving up Amer and Newsome, two guys who have earned nods as the present and the future of Meralco, would be a huge price to pay.
NLEX Road Warriors
Coach Yeng Guiao doesn’t believe in superstars. He would much have five guys score 10 points each than have one guy produce 50. But when it comes to talents like Terrence, I’m pretty sure all coaches would be willing to bend their rules a bit.
There are a lot of guards in NLEX. Ironically, they added one more by picking up Kiefer Ravena in the draft (but Kiefer also has the kind of talent that bend rules). So the way a trade for Romeo works is by giving up one or two of NLEX’s backcourt personnel. So we’ll trade Kevin Alas, Alex Mallari and Rabeh Al-Hussaini.
That gives NLEX an interesting Ravena-Romeo tandem in the backcourt. Kiefer has been working on shifting his focus from scoring to facilitating. That should benefit both of them. Kief gets assists; Terrence gets buckets with less effort.
Phoenix Fuel Masters
If you’re GlobalPort looking to ship Romeo to Phoenix, there should only be one guy on your rider: Matthew Wright.
I think it’s pretty fair. Trade a scorer for a scorer. These are two young guys who have proven a lot in their short existence in the league. Both of them have also shown that they have the makings of franchise players. Above all, these are two incredibly gifted scorers that we’re talking about. It wouldn’t be surprising if the player that steals Terrence’s scoring champ crown would be Matthew.
Rain or Shine Elasto Painters
The Elasto Painters underwent a serious retooling in the past year. After being the most consistent team in making the semifinals, they decided to break their core and let go of Paul Lee, JR Quiñahan, Jeff Chan and even Coach Yeng Guiao. They look to be rebuilding. And if they are, well they would want to make a play for a guy like Romeo.
Trade Jericho Cruz and Beau Belga for Terrence. Maverick Ahanmisi slides to the two spot and Romeo will serve as the main ball handler. With Raymond Almazan in the middle, there shouldn’t be a lot of problems, except when you’re facing June Mar Fajardo or Greg Slaughter in an All-Filipino contest. That’s when they’ll need the other bigs to take on bigger tasks. But a one-two punch of Romeo and Almazan would be something to watch. The time they teamed up in Gilas for the FIBA Asia Cup in Lebanon was proof.
San Miguel Beermen
As if the Beermen needed another weapon in their arsenal. We all know they have enough. They actually have too much, if we’re being honest. But let’s explore options on how they can infuse the Bro into that lineup.
I say get him in exchange for Alex Cabagnot. San Miguel would have to give up one of their five stars in order to acquire Romeo. I’m not saying Cabagnot is the most dispensable among them. It would just make sense to trade him away in order to make room for Terrence. It’s hard to imagine how a Romeo-Cabagnot-Chris Ross bundle would work (but it’s easy to imagine how unfair that would be to every other team).
Alex may be getting up there in age. But his performance in the previous season shows that it doesn’t matter. Two championships. One almost Best Player of the Conference (he and Ross should have been co-BPCs). One Finals MVP. One of the three MVP candidates. Those credentials suggest that it’s GlobalPort getting the better end of this deal.
One of the match-ups I love watching in the PBA is Terrence Romeo versus Paul Lee. Their games are similar. Their moves sometimes look identical. Skill-wise, they’re very much comparable. Trade value-wise, they should be almost equal.
But I’m interested in another offer that Star can present. Jio Jalalon and Ian Sangalang for Terrence Romeo. How does that sound? GlobalPort gets a big guy who can be of assistance underneath. They also get a guard who specializes in defense as much or even more than he does in offense. And then, of course, Star gets Romeo who teams up with Lee. Defenders would need to double up on ankle wraps if they’re planning on guarding that backcourt combo.
Previous reports told us that GlobalPort offered to ship Terrence to TNT in exchange for Moala Tautuaa. The trade would have made sense. The Batang Pier badly needs inside presence. As for TNT, any team would be blessed to add a Terrence Romeo in their lineup. However, reports also said TNT denied the offer since they want to give up the big man. So let’s look at other options.
If we’re talking about one-for-one trades, the most fundamentally sound offer you’d find in the entire league would be Jayson Castro in exchange for Terrence. They’re both transcendent talents that have proven their scoring abilities not only in the PBA, but also on the international stage. When it comes to putting points up on the board, Jayson and Terrence are undoubtedly the top two guards in the league. That duo would give Ross-Cabagnot a serious challenge for the ‘best backcourt in the PBA’ labe.