AS TnT Katropa’s campaign in the PBA Philippine Cup came to an end Monday night, so did Danny Seigle’s stint with the with the telecommunication franchise.
The one-conference contract extension signed by the 40-year-old power forward with TNT will effectively end by the end of the all-Filipino conference, and it remains uncertain whether he will be back for another tour of duty with the Texters.
Seigle said he’ll be in the process of evaluating his options now that TNT has formally bowed out of the running for a finals berth following the team’s 96-83 loss to defending champion San Miguel in their sudden-death game in the best-of-seven semifinals at the Mall of Asia Arena.
“Right now, I’ll evaluate my situation and then make a decision,” said the nine-time All-Star and eight-time league champion.
Team manager Virgil Villavicencio said TNT has yet to make a decision on whether to extend Seigle's contract or not as the Texters are just fresh from their gruelling semis series with the Beermen.
“We haven’t talked about it yet. He still has a contract with us until March,” he stressed.
He did hint, however, a possible position within the team or a corporate job with the MVP group as possible fallback if ever Seigle is not renewed.
“Actually that has been in the plan even before he was signed to a one-conference contract before the season,” Villavicencio disclosed. “But nothing is final. We’ll see.”
Seigle however, made a case – especially in the semis – that there remains some gas left in the tank.
In the seven-game series against San Miguel, Seigle averaged 2.5 points on 50 percent shooting (8 of 16) and five minutes of play per game. He saw action in an extended nine minutes of play and finished with four points and four rebounds in the Texters’ final game of the conference.
Hopefully, it wouldn’t be the last for the 6-foot-6 product of Wagner, a former Rookie of the Year (1999), four-time Finals MVP, two-time Best Player of the Conference, and three-time member of the Mythical First Team.