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Top 4 controversial PBA trades under Narvasa: Find out which teams got the best of these one-sided deals


The controversial trade between KIA and San Miguel created a huge buzz in news and social media before it was approved by PBA Commissioner Chito Narasa Friday night.

While the trade has become big news because it would allow SMB to form a super team with Junmar Fajardo and German and Gilas mainstay Christian Standhardinger, this isn’t the first lopsided deal under Narvasa’s watch and we don’t expect it to be the last.

Here are four one-sided trades approved by Narvasa:

1.) Carlo Lastimosa – James Forrester

The Blackwater Elite sent Carlo Lastimosa to NLEX Road Warriors in exchange of James Forrester. NLEX has been trying to contend in the PBA ever-since MVP acquired the Air21 franchise. Lastimosa’s performance so far in NLEX has been pretty decent, while James Forrester was traded 5 months later. What made this deal lopsided is that Lastimosa was being groomed as Blackwater’s next star, but what could have been for the Elite if that trade didn’t happen.

2.) Nico Salva & 2016 1st Round Pick – Monfort, Urbiztondo, and Knuttel

Barangay Ginebra San Miguel so-called “harvested” Nico Salva and the 2016 1st Round pick (who happened to be Kevin Ferrer) from the Barako Bull (now Phoenix Fuel Masters). In return, Ginebra shipped Emman Monfort, Joshua Urbiztondo, and Jens Knuttel. Barako Bull have to deal with 7 guards on their roster, plus the fact that San Miguel Beermen gave away Jeric Fortuna just to get Brian Heruela only made this “farm team” a complete mess.

3.) Troy Rosario – Kevin Alas – KG Canaleta, Rob Reyes, & Aldrech Ramos

A three-way-trade that involved MVP’s squads was a huge trap for Mahindra Floodbusters (now Kia Picanto) to begin with. After Mahindra used their second-overall pick to draft Troy Rosario, he was immediately traded to TNT Katropa. NLEX also took part of the trade by acquiring TNT’s Kevin Alas while Mahindra got Niño Canaleta and Aldrech Ramos from NLEX and Rob Reyes from TNT.

The proposed trade looked good on paper, but looking back two years after, the Mahindra/KIA franchise was the real loser of this trade. TNT was able to build Rosario as a future star for the team, while NLEX also low-key benefitted from this trade thanks to Kevin Alas’ breakout performance. Meanwhile, Mahindra’s Canaleta and Ramos were already moved to other teams.

4) Moala Tautuaa – Larry

Two years ago, TNT took over Blackwater’s rights to the number one pick which it used to get Moala Tautuaa. Blackwater received Rain or Shine cast-off Larry Rodriguez in the straight up trade.

TNT has become younger with the trade which allowed it to offload the ageing Ranidel de Ocampo to Meralco while Blackwater just got worse with Rodriguez.