GlobalPort swingman Joseph Yeo is at the center of trade talks and rumors. He has not played in the last 2 games of GBP, not due to injury but rather, due to Coach Pido Jarencio deciding not to use the streaky shooting guard.
The back-to-back DNP-CDs (Did Not Play – Coach’s Decision) have not disheartened Yeo and he is very much motivated to show his worth once he starts playing again, possibly for another team.
Getting traded is not new to Yeo because he has been traded 6 times during his 10-year career in the PBA. Yeo, also known as “the Ninja” due to his stealthy assaults to the basket, can still contribute when given the opportunity. In 18 games with GBP this season, Yeo averaged 8.9 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists. He can help other teams.
So, which 5 teams can benefit with Yeo on their roster?
1. Barangay Ginebra San Miguel
Yeo recently played for Barangay Ginebra during the 2014-2015 season. He was with the Gin Kings for 2 conferences, the Philippine Cup and the Commissioner’s Cup. Then he got traded to Barako Bull (now known as Phoenix Fuel Masters) for the Governor’s Cup.
In 25 games for the Barangay (playoffs included), Yeo started 13 games and averaged 7.8 points while garnering 2.5 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 22.5 minutes of action. His numbers were not eye-popping but those were okay stats for a shooting guard who was supposed to complement the Twin Towers of Ginebra.
Furthermore, Yeo’s assists total actually made him Ginebra’s 2nd leading passer after LA Tenorio. If Yeo is reunited with Ginebra again, he can definitely improve their 3-point shooting, something that this current edition of players struggle with. Aside from that, Yeo is also a good finisher when running on fast breaks.
Now, who would GlobalPort want from Ginebra to make this trade a reality? Chris Ellis or Dave Marcelo might be guys that GBP can find more useful than Yeo since they need more wings and bigs instead of guards.
2. Alaska Aces
The Aces have a dominating frontline tandem with Calvin Abueva and Vic Manuel. Sometimes, veteran Sonny Thoss joins the fun and chips in too. The Aces are solid upfront with all their muscle but they are not as solid in the backcourt, specifically the shooting guard slot.
During the Commissioner’s Cup, the Aces already placed Dondon Hontiveros on the reserve list to rest him and give others a chance. So far, no one has really stepped up aside from Chris Banchero who plays best as a point guard. Their best SG is Cyrus Baguio and he is about 3 years older than Joseph Yeo.
If the Ninja gets shipped to Alaska, then Baguio and Yeo will form a veteran SG duo. They can back each other up because both players are comfortable starting or coming off the bench. They can split the SG minutes of if Coach Compton wants to try something else, Yeo and Baguio and play together. Yeo has adequate skills to play a little bit of the point if the need arises.
Now, who would GlobalPort want from Alaska? The abundance of guards over at GBP means that they would probably prefer draft picks for the future or if a player, definitely a frontcourt guy like Nonoy Baclao, Rome Dela Rosa or Kevin Racal.
3. Phoenix Fuel Masters
Joseph Yeo used to play for the previous franchise that owned the Fuel Masters (Barako Bull). In fact, Yeo had one of his best stretches of play when he suited up for them during the 2015 Governor’s Cup. Yeo started 7 of their 12 games (playoffs included) and he normed 13.8 points, 3.5 rebounds and 5.3 assists in 30.8 minutes. His points and assists were career-highs at that moment, although that was a very small sample only.
Still, that was less than a year ago and it’s very possible that Yeo can rediscover the same production and efficiency with the same team. Moreover, Phoenix still has some of the players that Yeo played with during that conference (Intal, Lanete, Wilson & Garcia) and most importantly, Coach Koy Banal is still the man in charge. He is the same coach who trusted Yeo to play heavy minutes during his short stint with them.
Well, does GlobalPort need or want someone from Phoenix? Aside from draft picks, GBP might take a flyer on forwards Rodney Brondial (rugged rebounder and physical defender) or Mac Baracael (a decent shooter and defender).
4. Tropang TNT
The defending champion of the Commissioner’s Cup is facing some more adversity. The most recent one is quite crucial because Jayson Castro might miss some games to rest his ailing Achilles.
The Tropa cannot afford more losses because their 2-4 record already has them at 11th place with 5 games left in the eliminations. If Castro misses a game or two, the PG duties will be split among Jai Reyes, Larry Fonacier, Ryan Reyes and even Matt Ganuelas-Rosser. Only Reyes is a natural PG among that bunch so TNT might activate Dennis Miranda to help with the play-calling.
Now, a better solution for Tropang TNT might be to trade for Joseph Yeo because he can improve their backcourt. Yeo can handle the ball which means he can play a few minutes as the PG plus he is an above average playmaker and he can shoot threes (an integral part of the TNT system). Yeo will also strengthen their SG slot and be a viable option if Reyes or Fonacier cannot make their perimeter shots.
So, who would GlobalPort want from TNT? The obvious choice would be Troy Rosario or Moa Tautuaa but the Tropa won’t give any of them up so the realistic options for GBP might be Kelly Williams or Harvey Carey.
5. NLEX Road Warriors
Similar to the Alaska Aces, the strength of the Road Warriors can be traced to their frontline players composed of Asi Taulava, Sean Anthony, Enrico Villanueva, Rob Reyes and rookie Glenn Khobuntin. However, their backcourt is not yet as established as the frontcourt. Thus, their backcourt could be augmented by the addition of Joseph Yeo. He is a veteran with PBA championship experience (Petron Blaze) and he can definitely mentor the younger players of NLEX.
They have promising players like Garvo Lanete and Kevin Alas but these guys need more seasoning and more experience. In addition, Mac Cardona has not played much lately, so it makes sense to bring Yeo aboard because he is 2 years younger than Cardona and “the Ninja” is a better distributor, playmaker and defender than “Captain Hook.”
Furthermore, NLEX also used to be known as Air21, a team that Yeo played for where he achieved his best year by averaging 12.4 points, 4.1 rebounds and 4.3 assists in 31 minutes during the 2013-2014 season.
So, who would NLEX offer GlobalPort? Possible choices might be Mac Cordona, Rob Reyes or Enrico Villanueva. — By Rolly Mendoza