MANILA, Philippines – Alaska Aces point guard LA Tenorio was shocked to hear rumors that his team was looking to trade him.
"I was surprised when I woke up, there were a lot of texts and messages on Twitter and Facebook... They said I was on the trading block and I was really surprised," Tenorio said in an interview with ANC's Top Story.
According to a report from The Philippine Star on Monday, Tenorio, along with B-Meg's star Kerby Raymundo, were being mentioned in potential trades.
Tenorio said he immediately talked to Alaska head coach Joel Banal about the trade rumors.
"Coach Joel immediately talked to me about it and he promised me na everytime may trade sa team namin, he will be the first person na magsasabi sa amin," Tenorio said.
"Sinabi n'ya sa amin na walang mangyayaring trade," he added.
Tenorio, a two-time PBA All-Star and a former Finals MVP, acknowledged that he struggled this past conference as he adjusted to the new system of Banal, who replaced longtime Alaska mentor Tim Cone before the start of the season.
"'Yun talaga ang nagti-trigger sa mga issues na 'to, because we have a new coach, we have a new system, and everyone is telling me that I'm not suited to the system of Coach Joel," he said.
Tenorio has already been traded once in his career: in 2008, he moved from the San Miguel Beermen to the Alaska Aces. It was a transaction that surprised him.
"It's part of our career, part of our work to be traded," he said, adding that he is not the type of player who will demand a trade.
"When I talked to the management, sinabi ko, hindi ako yung magsasabi na, 'I don't like to play in Alaska anymore.' You will be the one to tell me," Tenorio added.
The former Ateneo standout said he will handle the trade rumors in a professional manner.
"I think we just have to be positive about it and not be affected by what other people are saying," he said. "I'm always ready, and any team I'll play for I'll give my 110% on the court."
"I'll contribute right away, that's the attitude I have," Tenorio said.