It’s official. Terrence Romeo is now a Beerman.
Days after the trade was reported by several news outlets, the PBA has officially approved the move. The San Miguel Beermen are trading away David Semerad, Brian Heruela and their 2021 first round pick to the TNT KaTropa in exchange for Terrence Romeo.
That was the major trade that was just posted on the Transaction Page in the PBA website.
The other trades involving San Miguel include the swap of Keith Agovida and Ronald Tubid with Columbian as well as the trade for Blackwater’s Paul Zamar in exchange for two second round picks (2021, 2022).
The Beermen were able to defend their Philippine Cup crown but failed in their Grand Slam conquest this year after falling in the Commissioner’s Cup and Governor’s Cup. These moves address two major issues for San Miguel, the depth of their bench heading into next season as well as their ageing core.
In Romeo, the Beermen get a spitfire guard who can put up points in bunches. It doesn’t matter whether he starts or comes off the bench. At his best, Romeo can even lead the Beermen in scoring on some nights. In the Governor’s Cup, Romeo was the leading local scorer putting up 21.4 points per game on 42% shooting. He can be rotated with Alex Cabagnot, Chris Ross and Marcio Lassiter, giving the Beermen a four-headed monster of a guard rotation.
Ronald Tubid and Paul Zamar are underrated additions to the team. Tubid was a long-time Beerman before being traded to Columbian last season. He brings stability and intensity off the bench. Zamar was a key role player for Blackwater last conference. He averaged 10.1 points per game, providing a spark off the bench in several games for the Elite.
The KaTropa on the other hand are acquiring two role players and a future pick in exchage for Romeo. Several reports have come out in the past few days regarding problems between Romeo and the rest of the team. TNT management opted to cut ties with Romeo rather than let the issues linger on until the next season.
Heruela is a steady point guard that can back up Jayson Castro next year. Semerad reunites with his twin brother in TNT. He’s a rugged defender that can be used in key defensive schemes by the team.
The Elite and Dyip continue to stock picks for future roster assembly.