RR Garcia and coach Nash Racela will be reunited as the TNT KaTropa initiated a trade with the San Miguel in a deal that would bring forward Matt Ganuelas-Rosser to the Beermen.
The PBA approved on Monday the transaction between the KaTropa and the Beermen and both camps believe the deal will be good for both sides.
“I think it will be beneficial to both teams. RR will be back up to Jayson (Castro) while Matt will be back up to (Chris) Ross or any other small forwards in San Miguel,” Racela wrote in a text message to InterAksyon.
A member of the Beermen’s camp who requested anonymity believes the same.
“Coach Nash really wants to get him (Garcia) because he was his former player. I think it’s going to be a win-win situation,” said the source.
Garcia was Racela’s starting point guard when he was coaching Far Eastern University a few years ago and the acquisition didn’t come as much of a surprise.
Garcia was part of SMB’s champion team in the Philippine Cup and can provide a scoring punch from off the bench although he has been dealing with a shoulder injury that has sidelined him for a couple of games.
Ganuelas-Rosser has had difficulty cracking the rotation of the KaTropa lately with import Donte Greene soaking up a lot of minutes and RR Pogoy, Troy Rosario and Ranidel De Ocampo taking up minutes in the wing and forward spots.
The Beermen, meanwhile, are stacked at the point guard position with Ross, Alex Cabagnot and Brian Heruela on the roster, leaving them with option when it comes to Garcia.
With Ganuelas-Rosser joining the team, the Beermen will add a solid defensive player with good size and length.