RDO to Meralco

Inquirer Libre - - FRONT PAGE - By Randolph B. Leongson @RLeongsonINQ

BEATING the deadline, TNT sent shockwaves on Monday as it dealt forward Ranidel de Ocampo to Meralco in a three-team trade.

In a drive to get younger, the KaTropa received Norbert Torres, Justin Chua, and San Miguel’s 2017 first round pick from Phoenix.

The Fuel Masters, meanwhile, received Meralco’s 2017 first rounder together with TNT’s 2019 second round pick.

The Office of the Commissioner approved the trade on Monday.

De Ocampo, 35, has been with the KaTropa since 2008 and helped the franchise win six championships.

His entry will be a huge shot in the arm of the Bolts, as he reunites with former coach Norman Black.

De Ocampo has been averaging 9.13 points on a 33-percent shooting from threes, 4.38 rebounds, 2.63 assists this conference.

Torres and Chua, meanwhile, will fortify TNT’s young frontline which also has youngsters Mo Tautuaa and Troy Rosario and veterans Kelly Williams and Harvey Carey.

Torres is averaging 3.8 points and 3.4 rebounds in just 12.6 minutes in his sophomore season with Phoenix, while Chua only netted 3.1 points, 1.9 rebounds in 9.7 minutes with Meralco in his fourth season.

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