ALEX Compton has emerged as the top choice of Globalport for its coaching position, but doubts have been cast on whether the former MBA star will be allowed to move to another team by Alaska.
Team insiders said Compton is high on the shortlist prepared by team owner Mikee Romero as he looks for a new coach to lead a Batang Pier side that has undergone major changes in the offseason.
“Yes, he is up there on our list,” said the source, who also revealed that the Sultan 900 Incorporated franchise is looking to buy out the remaining two years of current coach Junel Baculi's contract.
They Said It!
“(Alex Compton) signed a three-year deal (with Alaska). You have to understand that we have to protect our guys." - Alaska coach Luigi Trillo
However, Alaska officials have insisted that Compton has just signed a three-year deal with the team where he serves as one of the assistants of head coach Luigi Trillo.
Trillo himself made it clear that prying Compton away from Alaska won't be easy.
“He signed a three-year deal (with us). You have to understand that we have to protect our guys," said Trillo after emerging from a long talk with Compton inside Alaska's office at the Gatorade Hoops Center.
"It’s like a player who has a contract, you cannot have another guy approach him and offer him bigger contract,” Trillo added. “That’s (contract) binding. It leaves a bad precedent, all the other guys might do it as well.”
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Asked if it is impossible that Compton will be allowed to break the contract to seek out a better opportunity, Trillo just shook his head and said it will be up to team owner Wilfred Uytengsu.
“Everything will be up to Mr. Uytengsu, but at this point … we want to protect the interest of our guys as well,” Trillo stressed.
Trillo admitted being aware of a pending Globalport offer for Compton, who along with brothers Olsen and Nash Racela are being lured by the Batang Pier to take Baculi's place.
[For full story, see Racela brothers, Compton in the frame as Globalport mulls coaching change]
“How important is Alex in our team? He is very important,” said Trillo,
Compton was elusive when asked by Spin.ph about the coaching offer, insisting, "No there’s no offer for me to coach outside.”
He continued: “The coaching world is a small world. A lot of guys get offer jobs, there will always be job offers, let’s see what happens.”
Asked if he had discussed the coaching offer with Trillo during the meeting, Compton said: “We’re always talking … we talk for hours in the night sometimes, talking about basketball.”
Meanwhile, Alaska team manager Dickie Bachmann made the team's position very clear with regards to Compton's situation.
“As far as Alaska is concerned, we know he has an existing contract and we know also we extended him for two more years, until 2016. So as far as we are concerned, he is still with us,” said Bachmann.
Is a contract termination possible?
“No, it’s a binding contract. It can’t be cancelled,” said Bachmann.