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Angry over Kia-SMB’s 2017 draft trade? Don’t forget TNT’s ‘grand larceny’ when they landed Tautuaa, Rosario in 2015 draft


It’s easy to get into a fit when you consider that KIA would trade its number one pick in Sunday’s 2017 PBA rookie draft for what are basically San Miguel Beermen’s bench warmers.

We can excuse Alaska owner Fred Uytengsu for scoffing at KIA’s thinking when it gave up the right to draft consensus number one pick Filipino-German and Gilas mainstay Christian Standhardinger for Ronald Tubid, Rashwan Mccarthy, Jay-R Reyes and a first-round pick in the 2019 draft.

What we don’t understand is why Uytengsu and other critics of the KIA-SMB deal hardly raised a howl in the 2015 draft when Manny Pangilinan’s jumpstarted the reloading of Talk ‘N’ Text when he got not one but two prized rookies that year.

Two years ago, TNT swiped Blackwater’s rights to the number one pick which it used to get Moala Tautuaa. In return, Blackwater obtained the fading talent of Larry Rodriguez, who even at his peak with Rain or Shine, was just the the third choice center or power forward behind Beau Belga and JR Quinahan.

In the same draft, TNT also managed to convince KIA to give away its rights to the number two pick to snag Troy Rosario.

KIA received second stringers Aldrech Ramos and KG Canaleta and Fil-Am Rob Reyes who soon faded into retirement from the PBA. By the way, another MVP team benefited from the deal when NLEX acquired TNT’s Kevin Alas to make the deal work.

We think PBA Commissioner Chito Narvasa did right in approving the KIA-SMB deal because it’s no more lopsided than the twin draft day deals made by TNT in 2015. The only difference we can see is Uytengsu and some loud critics getting fired up over a lopsided deal just because its SMB.