MANILA, Philippines – Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao is confident that things will work out to the team’s favor with regards to Paul Lee’s trade request.
Guiao maintained that they still have the rights to Lee’s services even after the player’s contract expires on August 30.
“We can wait until he comes back,” the coach said. “We retain the rights to him anyway, so sa August 30 pag-expire ng contract niya, we still retain the rights to his contract.”
Guiao was referring to the team’s right of first refusal, which gives Rain or Shine the chance to match whatever offer is given to Lee by another PBA team.
The coach said the negotiations will only happen after Lee’s contract expires.
“After August 30 libre siyang makipag-usap sa ibang team,” said the Rain or Shine mentor. “Pero hanggang hind kami pumapayag, we control the trade. Kung hindi namin siya papayagan i-trade, obligado siyang maglaro para sa amin.”
If Lee fails to reach an agreement with Rain or Shine, he will be forced to sit out for one year while the Elasto Painters hold the right over his contract.
Rain or Shine has already offered Lee a P15.12-million, three-year contract extension, weeks ago. This means that Lee is ensured of P420,000 a month if he extends his stay with the team.
However, the player rejected the offer and wanted out of the team.
“I know that Paul has his reasons, may mga dahilan si Paul na siya lang siguro ang nakaka-alam sa ngayon. Ayaw ko namang pilitin na ilabas ang mga dahilan na yon, nasa sa kanya naman yun pagdating n’ya [after ng FIBA World Cup],” said Guiao.
“Pero baka may ibang considerations, hindi natin alam.”
Guiao said they really want to keep Lee. “Pero meron kaming rule sa team pagka-ayaw mo na maglaro dito hindi ka namin pipilitin,” he said.