DESPITE submitting career low numbers in the last two PBA seasons, Asi Taulava will be offered a fresh one-year deal by the Meralco Bolts.
Meralco team manager Virgil Villavicencio told Spin.ph the team feels the 39-year-old former PBA MVP can still provide quality minutes for the young team owing to his size, heft, and experience.
“We have prepared a one-year contract extension for Asi. We will be sitting down with him this week to start discussing our offer,” said Villavicencio, who was on hand to support the 6-foot-10 center’s charity basketball game dubbed “Built Upon The Rock” held on Sunday at the jampacked Ynares Center in Pasig City.
The 13-year veteran's plans, however, remain vague, with people close to him saying he is mulling over offers from other teams and another league.
Taulava, for so long one of the pro league's most dominant big men, averaged 8.2 points and 8.7 rebounds in 44 games last season where the Bolts went 16-16 win-loss over three conferences under Ryan Gregorio.
Villavicencio said signing up Taulava would give the Bolts a solid frontline as he joins Jay-R Reyes, former Smart-Gilas slotman Jayson Ballesteros and veteran Reynel Hugnatan.
Villavicencio has high hopes the addition of rookie Fil-Ams Cliff Hodge and Kelly Nabong can make Meralco a legitimate contender.