AFTER making it to the finals of the PBA Governors’ Cup, Meralco is moving to another level.
PBA sources said the Bolts are set to acquire gunner Joseph Yeo from Globalport in a trade for slam dunk champion Rey Guevarra in a one-on-one deal.
No official announcement from both camps yet but the source said the deal will be likely consummated. They are only waiting approval from the Commissioner’s Office.
The move was the first bold step undertaken by Meralco in the offseason following its runner-up finish to Barangay Ginebra Kings in the season-ending Governors Cup.
“Halos sigurado na ang trade ni Yeo at Guevarra. Yung approval na lang ng Commissioner’s Office ang kailangan,” said the source.
Meanwhile, it looks like there is going to be no more suspense in tomorrow’s draft on Gilas side, especially with most of the teams reportedly having revealed their ‘choices.’
On Thursday, the PBA and its board, after a marathon meeting, had come up with a decision to adopt the so-called ‘pre-determined order’ in the Gilas draft which will be done ahead of the regular draft tomorrow at the Robinson’s Place on Ermita.
The board of governors though would not reveal their choices until the Draft day.
However, online reports had it that most of them have actually bared their choices, and that only four teams – Talk ‘N Text, Alaska, Mahindra, and Globalport – have not yet revealed who they will pick among the 12 Gilas players.
They will make the news official tomorrow, although many things could still happen in the next 48 hours before the Draft Day.
Meralco, a team badly in need of a player who can contribute right away in its bid to make up for its failed bid in the last Governors’ Cup, is reportedly going for Far Eastern standout Roger Pogoy.
Pogoy, who could add some stability to the Bolts’ offense, could very well be a good alternative for coach Norman Black, especially with Meralco’s turn in the regular draft is coming at number 7.
“We have the number 7 pick so we don’t have much control over who will be available,” said Black.
“In our discussions we decided that we will just take the best player left on the board and not worry so much about what position he plays,” added Black. “We made this decision because we feel we need a player who can contribute right away.”
NLEX is likely to get Ed Daquioag, Rain or Shine Mike Tolomia, Barangay Ginebra Kevin Ferrer, and San Miguel Beer Arnold Van Opstal.
Phoenix is also likely to tab Matthew Wright while Star is set to take Jio Jalalon.
Mac Belo, who made a sampling of what he could offer in the PBA by showcasing his talents in the Draft Combine earlier, is the consensus No. 1 pick from among 12 Gilas cadets.
He is expected to go to Blackwater, which also owns the top pick in the regular draft.
Tolomia, who led Far Eastern University to a UAAP championship in his final season in college, should be a good fit for a Rain or Shine team that had just given up Paul Lee in a trade to Star for two-time MVP James Yap.
The Elasto Painters reportedly went after Mark Cruz.