Oct. 18, 2016
2017 Phil. Cup: The #1 Trade Asset of Alaska, Globalport, Meralco, NLEX, Star, San Miguel
A lot of trades already happened in the offseason but I am pretty sure you are still craving for more. Each team are molded in different ways and each one has a player or a pick that could give them more value than the cost. We call that "trade asset" and here are the best trade asset of each team.
ALASKA - Jayvee Casio
If you haven't notice, RJ Jazul has already surpassed Jayvee in coach Alex' rotation. Their production last year easily points to RJ as the better fit, Casio (8.1 points, 2.5 rebounds, 2.8 assists) vs Jazul (10.0 points, 2.7 assists, 2.7 rebounds). But, I am pretty sure a lot of teams will be happy to give a starting PG package for Casio.
GLOBALPORT - 2017 1st
If my memory serves me right, Globalport's pick is still intact. Right now, the Batang Pier is a middling team. They can be a contender but they can also end-up as a bottom-feeder. I love what they did this offseason. They added an elite shooter and then replenished their bench. If they can find a starting caliber PF for that, that will be a success for them.
MERALCO - Reynel Hugnatan
All the teams saw Reynel's three-point shooting exploit in the Finals and because of that the Bolts can get extra-value than expected for him. Meralco will not miss him that much because their frontline depth can still survive without him.
NLEX - Kevin Alas
Kevin has been underwhelming in his first two seasons in the league. But, his name recognition is still there and he is still very young at 25 years old. Coach Yeng's rotation doesn't need a player that should play 30+ minutes so trading him could net them quality players to improve their depth.
STAR - PJ Simon
Simon is still a pretty good player but he is really on the downside of his career. We all saw an old and under-performing James Yap net them a young and an elite Paul Lee. Simon will not return a star player but I think he can give them a starter.
SAN MIGUEL - Rashawn McCarthy
Coach Leo is a short-rotation coach and last night, Rashawn did not even get a single second of playing time. Another promising young stud in Brian Heruela was not given a single minute. With two of them in their bench, the Beermen could let go of one and they could receive a 1st round pick for him.