TERRENCE Romeo is going to the San Miguel Miguel camp a few months after playing for Talk N’ Text.
In a big pro league development, the two giant teams made a one-on-one trade that will have the Beermen acquiring the rights to Romeo, 26, in exchange for two relievers and a future first-round draft pick.
For them to get the services of the three-time PBA scoring titlist, San Miguel agreed to release back-up guard Brian Heruela, center David Semerad and the team’s first round pick in 2020.
Players involved have already been notified of the deal, Commissioner Willie Marcial is expected to approve.
In a talk with Spin. Ph’s Gerry Ramos, Marcial said the league’s four-man trade committee, led by technical supervisor Erik Castro, is in the process of evaluating all trade proposal, including another one by SMB for Blackwater guard Paul Zamar.
Zamar, a journeyman who is coming off a breakout season with Blackwater, is set to be reunited with father and SMB deputy coach Boycie through a trade that will net the Elite two future second-round picks.
News of the impending trade leaked hours before Sunday’s PBA Rookie Draft as details of the falling-out between Romeo and TNT started to emerge, including the former national player skipping team functions.
Romeo was the fifth pick overall of the 2013 draft who emerged as one of the most flamboyant scorers in the league in four-plus seasons with GlobalPort before he and Yousef Taha were traded to TNT for Mo Tautuaa and future draft picks.
The former FEU star had an infamous shouting match with NorthPort coach Pido Jarencio before the trade at TNT, where, sources said, he had a fight with teammate RR Pogoy in practice.