From the looks of it, fast-rising playmaker LA Revilla could be headed to Blackwater very soon.
Blackwater team manager Johnson Martinez said the 5-foot-8 Revilla is being offered to the Elite recently in exchange for veteran forward James Sena.
Martinez said they are actually looking for a point guard, who could tend the backcourt along with veteran Mike Cortez as the Elite look to bounce back strong in the season-ending Governors Cup.
“Sila (Enforcers) ang nag-alok sa amin kay LA. Nagulat nga ako napasok yung pangalan niya dun sa usapan,” Martinez told FOX Sports on Monday.
But the amiable Blackwater team official said since their last talk more than a week ago, Mahindra management led by Eric Pineda and Joe Ramos has yet to return to them to finalize the deal.
“Di ko alam ano ang diskarte nila, pero sa amin, mabilis lang naman,” added Martinez, whose team bombed out of the Commissioner’s Cup with a mediocre 3-8 win-loss record.
Revilla, the former La Salle standout, is coming off another solid performance for the Enforcers after averaging a PBA career-best 11.62 points, to go along with 3.76 assists, 3.62 rebounds and 1.38 steals in 21 games this season.
Martinez said he is puzzled that a talented, young point guard like Revilla would be offered to them, considering that the 25-year-old playmaker has been playing great for the Enforcers.
Meanwhile, Pineda said they don’t intend to move at anytime soon, pending talks with other teams.
However, Pineda explained that nobody is indispensable in the team since playing coach Manny Pacquiao intends to come out with a different look for the Enforcers for their Governors Cup campaign.
The Mahindra team executive said they are currently in talks with Revilla and his agent for another one-year contract extension, but is open to hear out his requests if ever.
Revilla’s one-year extension contract is set to expire at the end of August.
“Actually, talks are ongoing with LA and his manager, kung ano ang request niya, pero marami rin ang may gusto sa kanya and again, it depends on what we could get in return if ever,” Pineda said.
Mahindra has been reportedly involved in a possible 5-player-2-team trade with GlobalPort.
In the multi-player trade that was 1st reported by sports online Spin.ph, GlobalPort was supposed to send 2-guard Jonathan Uyloan and Paolo Taha to Mahindra in exchange for Fil-American Mike DiGregorio and shoter Karl Dehesa. Sumang, GlobalPort’s 3rd-round draft choice last year, would then be sent to Maindra possibly in exchange for a future pick.
Once the deal pushes through, Mahindra would be unloading the cat-quick Sumang to the Elite in exchange for former La Salle guard Almond Vosotros. – By Richard Dy
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