Barangay Ginebra coach Tim Cone says the Christian Standhardinger and Greg Slaughter swap on Friday reminded him of a blockbuster deal in 1985 between two PBA Hall of Fame centers.
"The trade reminds me of the old days when Mon Fernandez and Abet Guidaben would be traded for each other. Both premiere big men with differing skills," Cone said in a statement.
Fernandez, then a two-time MVP who was with Manila Beer, and Guidaben, the 1983 MVP who was playing for Tanduay, were top-tier centers in the 1980s before both their mother teams exchanged them for each other in the middle of the 1985 season.
Another trade involving the two centers happened again in 1988, when Purefoods dealt Fernandez to the Beermen for Guidaben, who won his second MVP with SMB in 1987.
Fernandez went on to win a total of 19 titles and four MVPs and is still the all-time leader in points, rebounds, and blocks. He is also second all-time in assists, steals and games played.
Guidaben, meanwhile, was a 16-time champion who logged the most minutes ever. He also has the second-most points and rebounds ever and is one of nine players to be named MVP more than once.
Standhardinger and Slaughter aren't exactly on the level of Fernandez and Guidaben just yet, but the trade is still definitely among the biggest transactions in recent history.
In a deal approved by the PBA, the Gin Kings received Standhardinger and sent out Slaughter to NorthPort in a one-on-one trade.
Slaughter, a five-time All-Star, played six seasons with the Ginebra franchise and amassed four titles and one Best Player of the Conference (BPC) award. Ginebra drafted Slaughter out of Ateneo with the top pick in the 2013 PBA Draft.
"I believe Greg will go to NorthPort and put up much bigger numbers than he had at Ginebra and elevate that team," said Cone. "We certainly wish Greg all the best and thank him for the championships he brought to Ginebra."
Standhardinger, meanwhile, is a two-time champion and a one-time BPC winner just three years into his PBA career.
Cone says the Fil-German center will fit right in with Ginebra's system while bringing in a game reminiscent of the franchise's legends.
"On the other hand, C-Stand's strengths will fit well with what Ginebra needs as a team, and we welcome C-Stand to the Ginebra family," he said. "I think the Gin fans will appreciate his style of play. He's a throwback to the Ginebra players of old."