Coach Luigi Trillo was one of the first people to “kill” the possibility of trading mercurial Alaska forward Calvin Abueva after rumors circulating at social networking sites point to the former PBA Rookie of the Year’s impending transfer to Barangay Ginebra in exchange for rookie James Forrester and Dylan Ababou.
“I’m a patient guy. I mean, of all the changes and trades, I think Alaska is one of the teams that rarely does that (trade players),” Trillo said, just a day after the 6’1” Abueva was slapped with a fine of P13,000 for his scuffle with Meralco Fil-Am Jared Dillinger as well as for “flopping”.
The former long-time Alaska assistant coach said the rumored trade has a lot to do with Abueva’s on-court behavior this season, which, for some people, they feel, this is not good for the image of the Wilfred Uytengsu-owned franchise.
“I’m not for that (trade) right now. I think Calvin means a lot to what we do,” said Trillo.
“I see that, but there’s been nothing here that’s discussed. I don’t want to go out and say if there’s offer there, that’ we’re willing to look at it because it will just kill whatever good we’ve started.”
But here’s what Trillo said next…
“There’s nothing being offered, that much I know. With anything, you also hold yourself back if you say, it (trading Abueva) will never happen because that’s two conferences down the line.”
“If it (Abueva’s on-court behavior) keeps on getting worse, I can’t tell you guys here, it’s not gonna happen. Of course, there maybe a possibility but right now or after the conference, it’s not there. You can’t say two years or one year down the line if that happens there.”
In other words, the Abueva trade may be there down the road, or it may not happen at all.
But for Alaska’s die-hard fans, for sure, losing “the Beast” to another PBA team will surely be a bitter pill to swallow, given the intangibles he brings to the team every game. That is, minus his antics.