JERICK Canada is torn between accepting a sure job in the Asean Basketball League and trying his luck with the expansion draft in the Philippine Basketball Association.
The former Indonesia Warriors reinforcement has a standing offer from the HiTech Bangkok City squad in the ABL, which opens its new season on July 16.
On the other hand, he is still also hoping to land a spot in the PBA through the dispersal draft for expansion teams Kia Motors and Blackwater Sports set July 18.
“In-offer ako ng Thailand ng kontrata. Pero sabi ko sa kanila, kapag may kumuha sa akin sa PBA, sa PBA ako,” said Cañada.
The HiTech Bangkok team will be coached by Thailand-based Filipino Raja Mortel and assisted by Jing Ruiz, a former Letran standout and an assistant coach at Adamson under Leo Austria.
Cañada, a former Adamson Falcon, admits he prefers the PBA because it could mean a longer contract. Besides, he has long dreamed of the chance to play in the Asia's first pro league.
“Pangarap ko talaga ang PBA,” said Cañada, drafted in the second round by Barangay Ginebra. “Mas okay talaga ang PBA. Months lang kasi ang ABL. Hindi kasi pang-long term ang ABL. Pero habang hinintay ko ’yung passport ko, subukan ko mag-tryout.”
Fortunately for Cañada, he says he has the support of his potential ABL team, who has agreed to release him in case he is called up by a PBA team.
“Siguro doon na muna ako. Kung may interesado sa PBA, naintindihan din naman nila, i-rerelease nila ako,” Cañada said.