Despite Asi Taulava’s departure to the ASEAN Basketball League’s San Miguel Beermen, the Meralco Bolts will retain PBA rights of first refusal to the veteran center.
PBA commissioner Chito Salud said rights to Taulava will remain with the Bolts indefinitely since the team extended the player a tender offer.
But Bolts executive Mon Segismundo said Meralco is open to trading Taulava’s rights should another team show interest in the center.
“We are always on a lookout for trade transactions that will give value to the Bolts,” wrote Segismundo in a text message to InterAKTV.
The San Miguel Beermen squad is owned by San Miguel Corporation, which also bankrolls PBA teams Ginebra, Petron, and San Mig Coffee.
Taulava’s agent Sheryl Reyes, however, said that the slotman isn’t thinking about a return to the PBA just yet.
“Asi is focused winning a championship and the ABL is a big chance for him. It’s been a long time since he had that feeling,” said Reyes, who also expressed gratitude for Taulava’s former team.
“We are very grateful to Meralco. If they do end up trading Asi’s rights, then we will respect that.”
The Bolts have started to move on from the Taulava era, acquiring veterans Carlo Sharma and Sunday Salvacion from Barako Bull for Jason Ballesteros.
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