PBA: NorthPort exchanges Trollano, just purchased, with SMB for Bulanadi, Faundo, and select; No plans to retire Asi Taulava’s No. 88 jersey, according to TNT

Dec 13, 2023

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The deal that took place on Sunday between NLEX and Northport was only the beginning.

Don Trollano was traded by the Batang Pier to San Miguel Beer in exchange for Allyn Bulanadi, Jeepy Faundo, and the team’s second-round selection in the 51st season draft, not long after the Road Warriors acquired the high-scoring guard.

On Monday, the trade was approved by the Commissioner’s Office.

However, Kris Rosales and Ben Adamos, the other two former NLEX players the Batang Pier acquired in the Robert Bolivk trade, will remain with the Batang Pier, according to Northport coach Bonnie Tan.

Rosales, Adamos, and a second-round pick the next year were included in the blockbuster trade that saw Northport send NLEX the signing rights to guards Kent Salado and Robert Bolick, two of the team’s best players.

On Sunday, the deal was authorized.

Trollano had just warmed up for Northport when, less than a day later, he was back on the road.

Strangely, the Road Warriors parted ways with their leading scorer, Trollano, who improved his game after star player Kevin Alas sustained an ACL injury. Trollano averaged 19.3 points per game.

Taulava turned on

Meanwhile, when one of its previous franchise players retired his jersey on Wednesday, TNT will merely be a spectator.

When the Road Warriors formally retire veteran big man Asi Taulava’s No. 88 playing jersey, the Tropang Giga will have nothing planned except to play NLEX in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Philsports Arena.

The 50-year-old Fil-Tongan played some of the best years of a career spanning more than two decades after being hired as a direct Fil-foreign by the telecommunications franchise in 1999.

“No plan” . Jojo Lastimosa, the team manager and coach of TNT, responded bluntly when asked if the team also planned to commemorate the 6-foot-9 Taulava during his retirement ceremony.

On the eve of its game against TNT, NLEX brought Taulava back into action, indicating that it intended to give one of the league’s most dominant players a quiet retirement.

The former has been with the Road Warriors for nearly ten years, having joined in 2014 when NLEX purchased the Air21 franchise.

Without a doubt, though, Taulava gained notoriety during his time playing with TNT, which he assisted in guiding to its first-ever victory 20 years ago when it defeated Coca-Cola to win the All-Filipino title.

He was also named the league MVP for that same season.

Even though Taulava and TNT were inseparable, the two parted ways when the large man was traded for Ali Peek and a 2008 first-round pick (who would eventually be Jared Dillinger) to join Coca-Cola.

Taulava subsequently worked for Meralco and Air21 prior to NLEX’s takeover.

Harvey Carey was the most recent player to have his playing jersey retired in TNT’s franchise history, along with previous MVP Jimmy Alapag.

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