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    Andray Blatche asks Gilas officials to bring him back - and urges Castro to unretire

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    Dec 29, 2016
    Andray Blatche is currently playing out a three-year contract with the Xinjiang Tigers in the Chinese Basketball Association, whose schedule may conflict with the reformatted Fiba calendar beginning next year. Jaime Campos

    ANDRAY Blatche has hinted on social media about his interest to play for Gilas Pilipinas as its naturalized player in international competitions next year.

    Blatche made the comment through the Instagram account of returning Gilas Pilipinas head coach Chot Reyes, who made a post related to TNT point guard Jayson Castro being the best point guard in Asia.

    Castro had announced at the end of the Fiba Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Manila that he was retiring from the national team, but Blatche encouraged him to return to Gilas.

    “@jaywill_17 come on back,” wrote Blatche, using his @draylive Instagram account on Thursday, 

    “and while yal at it bring back Blatche,” he added.

    Earlier this month, Gilas officials said they are looking at a Plan B in the event Blatche isn't available to play for Gilas in international tournaments next year.

    [See Gilas looking for 'young seven-footers' as back-up options for Blatche]

    Blatche is currently playing out a three-year contract with the Xinjiang Tigers in the Chinese Basketball Association, whose schedule may conflict with the reformatted Fiba calendar.

    However, the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) made it clear the former Brooklyn Net is still the first option to beef up the national team.

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    Andray Blatche is currently playing out a three-year contract with the Xinjiang Tigers in the Chinese Basketball Association, whose schedule may conflict with the reformatted Fiba calendar beginning next year. Jaime Campos
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