The San Miguel Beermen acquiring Terrence Romeo at first glance seems like an odd move with veterans Alex Cabagnot, Chris Ross, and Marcio Lassiter already on the roster. But Beermen coach Leo Austria is convinced Romeo will fit in just fine.
"When the trade was approved, I had a conversation with Terrence and he told me he simply wants to help the team win a championship. In fact, he said he wouldn't mind if he's not in the starting five or in the second five. But as long as he can help the team win the championship, he'll do it," Austria told ESPN5 on Wednesday.
Romeo, however, was unavailable during the team's first practice of the year.
The trade for Romeo may be puzzling for PBA fans, but the veteran SMB coach said they aren't dwelling on Romeo's past.
"Whatever we have heard from Terrence's past, that's the past already. But what we saw in him is a talented player. And we feel he can really help the team. But like an import, everybody will just have to adjust at the start," Austria said.
Romeo averaged 21.4 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 5.2 assists in nine games with the TNT KaTropa in the 2018 Governors' Cup. He joins guards Cabagnot, Ross, and Lassiter in a revamped lineup.
The Beermen also added Ronald Tubid and Paul Zamar in offseason trades.
"The new season is set on January 13, and what we intend to do is just prepare and work on our chemistry. A lot of people say we are a very powerful team," Austria said. "We may be strong on paper but that remains to be seen."
The Beermen are aiming for an unprecedented fifth straight Philippine Cup championship to begin the 2019 season.