MANILA, Philippines - LA Tenorio, the man who virtually carried Smart Gilas II to the Jones Cup championship in Taipei after defying Alaska’s order to stay home, is the prized catch in a frantic trade talks set by the Uytengsu ballclub on Thursday.
At press time, four teams were reportedly working on a complicated deal that would eventually bring Tenorio over to Barangay Ginebra or San Mig Coffee (formerly B-Meg).
Tenorio, the most talked-about player today for his heroic feats in Smart Gilas’ Jones Cup championship run, was aware he’s bound to leave Alaska.
“No confirmation yet but they’re working on it,” Tenorio told The STAR.
Tenorio stressed, however, that he’s not asking for it.
Whatever happens, Tenorio said he’ll be committed to his mother ballclub even if he continues to play with the national team.
“Playing in the PBA is a job. Playing for the country is an honor and privilege which I will not forsake,” Tenorio was quoted as saying on-line.
Apparently, Alaska wants its players to concentrate now on its training for the next PBA season.
One possible movement by Tenorio is jumping over to Global Port for Jayvee Casio, then to Barako Bull for Willie Miller and eventually San Mig Coffee for Mark Barroca.
Another is just a three-way swap among Alaska, Global Port and Barangay Ginebra with Tenorio ending up with the Kings.
There’s also a report about a trade deal involving Alaska Aces Hans Thiele and Wesley Gonzales and Petron Blaze wingman Dondon Hontiveros.
There’s no word though on the status of Sonny Thoss and Mac Baracael, two other Alaska players who saw action with the Nationals and members of the Smart Gilas training pool.
Any deal will be subject to the approval of the league commissioner.
“The commissioner has been busy getting calls about possible trade transactions, but we’ve yet to get formal trade proposal,” said PBA media bureau chief Willie Marcial.