IS Danny Ildefonso’s days in the PBA numbered?
The two-time league MVP on Wednesday said he is ready to retire if his mother team Blackwater insisted on trying to trade him instead of granting an unconditional release as earlier promised to by management.
“Kung hindi nila (Blackwater management) maibigay ang release papers ko, mag-re-retire na lang ako, kasi `yung unang usapan naman iri-release nila ako pag di nagkasundo sa kontrata,” the 37-year-old Ildefonso told Spin.ph.
Ildefonso explained Blackwater is offering him a two-year deal worth P200,000 a month, which he felt is not commensurate to what he is expected to contribute to the expansion ball club.
The 6-foot-5 veteran pointed out he’ll be performing a dual role for the team if ever he accepts the offer. Other than being a player, he will also serve mentor to the Elite’s youthful big men in sophomore JP Erram and rookie Frank Golla.
But Blackwater management is unlikely to release Ildefonso anytime soon, with owner Dioceldo Sy saying he has been ‘turned off’ by Ildefonso's actions after he rejected a two-year deal worth P5.1 million.
“I'm not talking to him (Ildefonso) anymore. I was turned off by his actions,” Sy told Spin.ph.
“Danny I pushed himself to retirement even though I gave him a two-year, P5-million deal, eh ayaw pa niya. I'm just sad and I felt sorry for him,” he added.
Ildefonso last played for Meralco, where he said he received a monthly salary of P375,000 before he was left unprotected in the expansion draft and grabbed from the dispersal pool by Blackwater.
The former National University standout said the only way for him to possibly extend his pro career is for the Bolts to give him an offer sheet which Blackwater has the option to match.
“Kung hihingi sila (Elite) ng kapalit, di ko rin naman alam kung may maibibigay ang Meralco (na player) sa kanila so unless mag-offer sheet ang Meralco at hindi ma-match ng Blackwater, then ma-re-release ako.
“Pero pag hindi rin naman ako ni-release na lang, no choice ako kung hindi mag-retire,” explained the native of Urdaneta, Pangasinan.
Once the premiere big man in the league, Ildefonso has seen his minutes and production dip significantly the last two seasons. Ildefonso averaged just 3.1 points and 2.1 rebounds in 21 games for the Bolts last season.