Air 21 and Meralco completed a four-player deal late Thursday night as a last push for a better finish in the season-ending PBA Governors’ Cup.
The Express will send former top overall pick Noy Baclao and swingman John Wilson to Meralco in exchange for rookie forward Vic Manuel, veteran center Carlo Sharma, and second round pick in 2015.
Air 21′s official Lito Alvarez confirmed to InterAKTV the transaction, which is now up for approval by the PBA.
Baclao and Wilson joined the Express in a blockbuster deal prior to the season as part of Air 21′s buildup. Manuel spent one conference with the Bolts as part of Meralco’s trade to send Sol Mercado to GlobalPort.
Wilson, a former Jose Rizal University star, will be reunited with Meralco consultant Jong Uichico, who coached the gunner during his rookie season at Ginebra.
At Air 21, Sharma also reunites with his old college coach in La Salle in Franz Pumaren.
This is Meralco’s second major deal after the Commissioner’s Cup. Last month, the Bolts received Jared Dillinger from Talk ‘N Text and Don Allado from Barako Bull in a deal that saw them give up Ronjay Buenafe and Gilbert Bulawan.