MANILA, Philippines – Matt Ganuelas-Rosser bid goodbye to the TNT franchise on Monday, after he was sent to the San Miguel Beermen in a rare instance that saw the rival teams engage in a straight-up trade.
In exchange for the defensive-minded swingman, San Miguel sent guard RR Garcia to the KaTropa.
Garcia, a former Far Eastern University standout, will be reunited with his collegiate coach, Nash Racela, with TNT.
The 26-year-old Ganuelas-Rosser was selected by TNT with the fourth pick of the 2014 Rookie Draft after playing NCAA Division II basketball in the United States.
In a Twitter message, Ganuelas-Rosser expressed his gratitude to everyone involved in the TNT franchise "for treating me and my family with love and respect."
"I've grown so much on and off the court, and I will carry those memories and lessons with me," he added.
Ganuelas-Rosser, who has played in only two games in the 2017 PBA Commissioner's Cup, added that he is looking forward to a new start with San Miguel, the lone unbeaten team in the conference with a 5-0 record.
"I believe that everything happens for a reason, and that this is a blessing," he said.
"I'm excited to start this new chapter with SMB. Thank you for the warm welcome and the well wishes," he added.
Ganuelas-Rosser ended his message by saying "Let's get it" along with the championship trophy emoji.
He averaged 7.1 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 2.1 assists per game in his three seasons with the TNT franchise.
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