BLACKWATER team owner Dioceldo Sy isn't willing to let veteran Danny Ildefonso go without getting something in return.
Sy made this clear upon learning from Spin.ph the 6-foot-6 veteran forward wants out of the team that selected him from the dispersal draft last July.
Contract negotiations between Ildefonso and Blackwater management fell through last week, prompting the two-time PBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) to try and find ways to leave the team and consider going back to Meralco, his former mother ballclub.
“I’m not going to release Danny I., but I’m interested to trade him with any team,” was the brief response of Sy to Spin.ph on Wednesday.
The Blackwater team owner said if he could get another big man in return, then he’d be amenable to trading the 16-year veteran.
Sy is actually in Seville, Spain to personally cheer Gilas Pilipinas in its Fiba World Cup campaign.
The long-time businessman-sportsman said with Ildefonso no longer interested in entering into a fresh contract negotiation with Blackwater, the franchise is willing to let him go if a team shows interest at tapping the 37-year-old big man.
Ildefonso played for the Bolts last season, where he averaged 3.1 points and 2.1 rebounds in 21 games.
He was eventually dropped in the unprotected list by Meralco last July, giving Blackwater, one of two expansion teams joining the league this October, to pick him from the dispersal draft.
The former National University standout would have been a good addition to a young Blackwater squad, whose frontline is bannered by youthful slotmen JP Erram, rookie Frank Golla, and journeyman Bryan Faundo.