While admitting he got shocked after being traded by Rain or Shine to GlobalPort for Jay Washington on Thursday, veteran forward JR Quiñahan said he just has to accept his fate and start moving on with his PBA career.
The Rain or Shine franchise chose to let go of the burly Cebuano big man after negotiation for a new contract extension hit a standoff.
Quiñahan, though, is still unsure if he will be donning the Batang Pier jersey when the new season begins on Nov. 20.
Quinahan’s agent Danny Espiritu said the GlobalPort management has yet to decide if it will accept the two-year maximum deal that the former University of Visayas standout is asking.
The 6-foot-4 Quiñahan is coming off a respectable season with the Elasto Painters after averaging a PBA career-best 11.67 points, along with 4.91 rebounds, while playing an integral role in the Asian Coating franchise’s championship in the Commissioner’s Cup.
“Nagulat ako (sa trade) pero wala na akong magawa, desisyon nila (ROS management) yun.” Quinahan told FOX Sports on Thursday. “Ganyan talaga buhay sa basketball, game naman ako kahit saan mapunta.”
If ever GlobalPort decides not to sign him, Quinahan can accept any offer as a free agent.
“Hintayin lang muna kung may offer, tambay lang muna, relax lang,” he added.
While he awaits for his next destination, Quiñahan said he cherished his partnership with the other half of “Extra Rice Inc.” duo Beau Belga, who is set to stay with Rain or Shine.
“Di lang naman kami sa loob magkaibigan Matagal rin kami nagkasama,” he said.
After playing together for five years, the 32-year-old Quiñahan said he is ready to measure up on Belga once they face in the opposing side.
“Bantayan na lang,” he jokingly said. “Sanay na sanay na kami sa isa’t isa.” – Jason Mercene
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