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    Air21, Meralco in trade talks to improve rosters

    Jan 29, 2013

    MERALCO is ready to shed its image as a middle-tier team in the PBA.

    The Bolts are currently in the final phase of their discussion with Air21 on a looming trade deal that hopefully, will finally turn the franchise into a top title contender.

    Coach Ryan Gregorio admitted the Bolts are always a middle team that’s playoff bound, but never get to reach the next level.

    And multiple sources by disclosed that no less than Meralco team owner Manny V. Pangilinan is bent on improving the Bolts’ lineup with the vision of approximating the same success his Talk `N Text has been reaping at the moment.

    The Meralco-Air21 deal that is being worked out will reportedly have the Lina franchise looking to acquire another offensive option at the backcourt to support  Mike Cortez, John Wilson, and veteran Wynne Arboleda.

    The Express reportedly are hoping to have the deal approved when the PBA Board holds a two-day meeting in Singapore on Wednesday.

    A source told that two options for the trade to push through are being considered – a straight deal between the Bolts and the Express or a three-team swap that might also include either Barangay Ginebra, San Mig Coffee, or Globalport.

    Ramon Segismundo, Meralco representative to the PBA Board where he is also currently the vice-chairman, neither confirmed nor denied the ongoing talks with Air 21.

    “We are at present in dialogue with teams, I just don’t know if something will progress," said Segismundo. “Lagi naman nangyayari yan (negotiations).”

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    The soft-spoken Meralco executive likewise supported Gregorio’s view that should there be no significant offer, the team will be better off retaining its current roster.

    “Right now, we intend to stay the course,” he said.

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