PBA’s Shocking Trades
One of the most exciting season of the PBA is the off-season, because the player movements will be one of its highlight. At the same time, it can be the most disappointing one in which where your favorite team might suffer because some of it’s good players might be headed to another team, or your favorite player might wear a new jersey in the next season.
Let us revisit some trades that shock the whole Philippine basketball world and utter the words “ Hey, tell me this ain’t gonna happen…”
JERRY CODINERA – ANDY SEIGLE TRADE
It was happened during the 1999 Commissioner’s Cup , when Purefoods decided to ship the ‘Defense Minister” to Mobiline, in exchange of Andy Seigle, the 1997 PBA Rookie of the Year. After playing 12 seasons together with the Captain, Alvin Patrimonio, Jerry found a new home in Mobiline Phone Pals playing with another PBA giant, Asi Taulava. Some says that the trade is part of the rebuilding process of the Giants because of the “Fil-Am” invasion in the PBA. The management wanted to inject youth in the lineup with Seigle and their new acquisition Al Segova, who found out to be another “Fil-Sham”.
KENNETH DUREMDES – BRANDON CABLAY TRADE
This trade shocked the PBA world when it was initiated during the PBA Draft 2003. The Alaska Aces traded their scoring leader to Sta. Lucia Realtors, in exchange of their 5th over-all pick, Brandon Cablay. A virtually unknown during the draft, but he had an impressive record during his stint with Hawaii. Some insiders said that San Miguel Beermen also eyeing Cablay during the draft. With this trade, Sta. Lucia formed their Big Three with Aquino, Espino and Duremdes, while Alaska got a young and fast backcourt combination with Cablay and their first pick, Mike Cortez.
LA TENORIO/LARRY FONACIER – MIKE CORTEZ/KEN BONO TRADE
In March 2008, this trade shocked me because this Robert Non, the very famous SMC Basketball Operation head before, traded their precious point guard, LA Tenorio and sweet-shooting Larry Fonacier to Alaska in exchange of often injured Mike Cortez and extra rice specialist Ken Bono. This trade made the SMC management an idiot one because they gave away the player who will replace Olsen Racela in the future and 2005 ROY Larry Fonacier. Again, it was a magnificent move by Mr. Trillo and the Alaska management. Until this day, I really hate Mr. Robert Non for this trade.
BILLY MAMARIL/RAFI REAVIS/ RUDY HATFIELD TO GINEBRA
In the 2006 off-season, Barangay Ginebra acquired Mamaril, Reavis and the rights of Rudy Hatfield from Coca-Cola Tigers for virtually unknown players that until this time I didn’t know who are the players involved during this trade. Because of this, BGK won the Philippine Cup against their sister team, San Miguel Beermen
DANNY SEIGLE/DONDON HONTIVEROS/DORIAN PENA/PAUL ARTADI – RABEH AL HUSSEINI/NOY BACLAO/REY GUEVARRA TRADE
The latest shocking trade, especially in the hearts of the SMB fans. Imagine, why will you trade the core that gave them numerous championships and their loyalty to the franchise is very evident by playing more than a decade to the franchise (except Artadi), to those top 3 rookies of the 2010 PBA Draft and yet, they are still very raw. The management said that, it’s a big part of their rebuilding mode for the franchise. And even Dondon came back to Petron after two seasons, still some of their fans find it hard to accept this trade.
And before I end this blog, one of the best shocking trades of all time in the PBA is whenever Air21 is involved. Expect it as a shocking one.
Jay Washington – Jason Castro Trade
Marlou Aquino – Jun Limpot Trade