AIR21 coach Franz Pumaren is not giving up his pursuit of Petron slasher Joseph Yeo amid talk that the SMC ballclub has started negotiations with Barako Bull on a Yeo-Ronald Tubid swap.
Pumaren said he is in constant touch with management to discuss ways on how to make the team competitive for the PBA Commissioner's Cup, and one of those is obviously a trade for Yeo - his former player at La Salle.
“Kami naman and the management, we always sit down and talk about the kind of players we need because again, we want to form a competitive team,” said Pumaren.
Pumaren said he hopes trade talks between Air21 and Petron for Yeo can be revived soon, even if competition for the flamboyant slasher just got tougher with Barako entering the picture.
After successfully prying away another former Archer, Mike Cortez, from Ginebra, Pumaren feels Yeo is the final missing piece in what he hopes would be a very competitive Express team in the mid-season tournament.
The 49-year-old coach said Yeo can be the perfect two-guard for the team - and an ideal backcourt partner for Cortez.
“If you look at the PBA teams right now, they all have very good two-guard players,” Pumaren told Spin.ph, citing Mark Caguioa from Barangay Ginebra; Ryan Reyes, Larry Fonacier and even Jason Castro from Talk ‘N Text; Gary David and Willie Miller from Globalport and even Petron’s Fil-Am gunners Marcio Lassiter and Chris Lutz.
Air21 has already resumed practice at the Pumaren-owned Hoops Center as it awaits the arrival of 6-10 import Michael Dunigan.