THE already-loaded San Miguel Beermen is all set to add even more firepower with the potential acquisition of Terrafirma star CJ Perez in a trade that rocked the country’s basketball scene on Friday afternoon, January 29.
According to reports, the versatile 6-foot-2 forward is going to be traded to the Beermen in exchange for backup guard Gelo Alolino, wingman Matt Ganuelas-Rosser, forward Russel Escoto and the eighth pick in the rookie draft this March.
Terrafirma’s board of governor Bobby Rosales explained that as difficult as it was for them to let go of the do-it-all forward, they had to give the green light on the trade to stock up on assets, including high draft picks in the loaded 2021 draft.
Terrafirma is set to pick first for the third season in a row.
The trade papers have already been submitted to the league for proper evaluation.
Should the trade be approved, San Miguel will be getting a player who averaged 24.36 points, 6.82 rebounds, 4.27 assists, and 2.0 steals per game during the 2020 Philippine Cup.
This is not the first time that the Terrafirma franchise has made a deal with San Miguel for a high draft pick. In 2017, Kia traded the top pick -- which turned out to be Christian Standhardinger -- to the Beermen for second stringers Ronald Tubid, Jay-R Reyes, Rashawn McCarthy and San Miguel’s 2019 first round pick. (JNP)