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A Wheeler's Opinion: Both Meralco and GlobalPort are Winners if Terrence Romeo Trade Happened

Just imagine if the Bolts have Terrence Romeo against Ginebra during the Governors' Cup Finals



Terrence Romeo wants to join a winning team.


Terrence Romeo has emerged as one of the league's elite scorers since coming into the league back in 2013. Through his 5 years in the PBA, Romeo has received the following awards and recognitions:

  • 2015 PBA Most Improved Player
  • 3 times PBA All-Star
  • 2-time PBA All-Star Game MVP
  • 2-time PBA All-Star 3-Point Shootout Champion
  • Member of the 2016 PBA First Mythical Team
  • Member of the 2015 PBA Second Mythical Team
  • Member of the 2014 PBA All-Rookie Team
  • 3-time PBA Scoring Champion

However, one thing is still missing in the Terrence Romeo's list of achievements: winning a PBA championship. 

No wonder why he requested to be traded during this season's Commissioner's Cup as rumor has it. And we cannot blame Romeo's frustration towards GlobalPort's lack of success. 

Why? In 5 years that they had Romeo on board, they were in the quarterfinals, 7 times, only making it to the semifinals, once. Despite numerous coaching changes, trades and other possible changes, nothing seems to have worked for the Batang Pier as they are still yet to reach the PBA Finals despite having one of the most exciting backcourt duos in Romeo and Stanley Pringle. 

Over the past few days, rumors of past attempts to trade Romeo has been raining down the social media and various sports website. Apparently, the Batang Pier first offered Terrence Romeo to the Talk N Text KaTropa for Moala Tautuaa- a deal which the KaTropa immediately turned down owing to the fact that they intended to develop Tautuaa into a stronger force, especially in the post. 

Next, it was reported that GlobalPort offered their superstar guard to the Meralco Bolts in exchange for a much heavier package: the backcourt duo of Chris Newsome and Baser Amer. But Bolts Coach Norman Black didn't to part ways with Newsome so, nah. 

However, this trade would have worked for both sides especially for the Bolts had Romeo suited up for them during the Governors' Cup Finals against the eventual back-to-back champions, Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings. 





2 for 1 Trade: It would have worked both ways


Assuming that there would be no chemistry issue, Terrence Romeo would have easily blended with the Bolts and would have provided Allen Durham a more consistent scoring reinforcement- something that they sorely needed in their 7-game series against the Gin Kings.

Sure, it's heavy for Norman Black to let go of Newsome but had the deal went through, there's a high possibility that the Bolts would have won the Governors' Cup trophy. Mind you, folks, Terrence ended the 2016-2017 season by averaging 23 points per game. 

On the other side of the fence, the Batang Pier would have received a dynamic duo in Amer and Newsome. That deal would have allowed GlobalPort to establish a young but promising trio of Amer, Newsome and Stanley Pringle. Sure,  nobody can replace Terrence Romeo's numbers but we all know that both Amer and Newsome are both capable players who can score both inside and from the three-point line.


Conclusion

Terrence Romeo is still on the trading block as rumor has it. And wherever Romeo will land come the 43rd season of the PBA, he will continue to dazzle around. He will continue to find ways to score and most importantly, Terrence Romeo will find more ways to win and it includes winning his first PBA championship. 

Who knows? We might be able to see him in a Ginebra jersey.

After all, the reason why he's wearing #7 is that Robert Jaworksi was his father's idol. 

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