The combo guard, who reportedly expressed his desire to be traded recently, finds himself in TNT after a swap with ROS was approved by Commissioner Willie Marcial yesterday.
In exchange, the Elasto Painters got seldom-used players Sidney Onwubere and Kris Rosales from the KaTropa.
The E-Painters also got a 2018 first-round choice from the KaTropa.
Cruz, however, will have to wait for two weeks before he makes his debut as a TNT player as the team takes on NLEX on Feb. 28.
However, he will be a big boost for the KaTropa as they, after losing the night before to the GlobalPort Batang Pier, need to beat the streaking Road Warriors to stay alive in the quarterfinal race.
On the other hand, Onwubere, the eighth overall pick of last year's PBA Draft, and Rosales will also have to wait for quite some time before they can suit up for the E-Painters as their next game is against the Alaska Aces on Feb. 23.
Both players, however, are expected to get extended minutes with the Welcoat franchise after only getting a short span of action with the PLDT club.*PNA
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