IF a much-anticipated reunion for the two Dannys doesn't take place at Talk 'N Text, sister team Meralco may most likely be at fault.
Meralco team consultant Jong Uichico bared to Spin.ph on Sunday that the Bolts management is now carefully evaluating the possibility of acquiring Danny Ildefonso, the longtime Petron star who became an unrestricted free agent when he was left unsigned on Saturday.
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Spin.ph had earlier reported that Talk 'N Text is weighing the possibility of acquiring the two-time MVP just days after signing Danny Seigle, with whom Ildefonso won six championships during their time with the old San Miguel side.
But Uichico made it clear the Bolts are also in the race to acquire Ildefonso.
“The Danny I situation is on the table sa Meralco. But we have not made any decision yet,” said Uichico.
Uichico, who was the coach at San Miguel of the two Dannys, said he has already given his recommendation to Meralco management as well as his knowledge of what Ildefonso can give the Bolts.
Obviously, he wants Ildefonso in the team.
“Danny I is no longer the 30-minuter cager he was known for. Pero he can surely give us quality minutes and experience,” said the soft-spoken coach of the Philippine team tasked to defend the Southeast Asian Games gold medal in Myanmar later in the week.
Uichico made it clear he is leaving everything up to the management in as far as a decision on Ildefonso is concerned, but admitted the Bolts will be in a race - along with Talk n Text and other teams - to sign the former National University Bulldogs star.
“Since I am leaving for Myanmar on Wednesday, hopefully when I get back… something has already developed. Sana ...” said the eight-time champion coach.
“We will leave it up to the management to decide on that,” he added.
Asked about Meralco standing way of a much awaited reunion between the two Dannys at Talk 'N Text, Uichico said: “Hindi naman. Syempre, pwede naman sila magsama sa Talk 'N Text eh. I don’t know kasi yung pinag-uusapan sa Talk 'N Text. Pero kami pinag-uusapan namin si Danny I sa Meralco.”
Uichico said he is fond of both Ildefonso and Seigle, saying a big part of what he has achieved as a coach he owes to the two of them.
“The two Dannys are very close to my heart. They have some playing years left in them. Sila ang gumawa sa pangalan ko,” he added.
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