BLACKWATER Sports owner Dioceldo Sy said they are taking a wait-and-see approach as far as top dispersal draft pick Danny Ildefonso’s new contract is concerned.
The Elite made the two-time PBA MVP the No. 1 pick of the dispersal draft for expansion teams Blackwater and Kia during Friday’s proceedings at the Microtel in Libis, Quezon City.
Sy said he expects Ildefonso to show up for practice on Monday since Blackwater, by picking him in the dispersal draft, has technically assumed the player's contract with Meralco which expires in August.
Ildefonso, Sy said, has a whole month work it out with the team, while the coaching staff and management weigh the decision on the length of the 37-year-old veteran forward’ next contract.
“He (Ildefonso) has to report already on Monday kasi we assumed his contract already,” the soft-spoken businessman-sportsman said.
“Then by August, we can start negotiating for his new contract, but let’s see how the practice goes and how his relationship with us is, if he can jibe with the system of coach Leo (Isaac), then we can do something with that.”
Sy expects Ildefonso to be Isaac’s “extended arm” on the court, hopeful that the former San Miguel Beer franchise player’s vast PBA experience can work wonders for the team in its debut season starting in October.
“We look at Danny I as the extended arm of the coach. We’re happy with Danny I. We hope he can be a leader for the team and give more tips for the other younger players,” he added.
Ildefonso will be the team’s senior citizen, where he will act as a “big brother” to young players like Alex Nuyles, JR Cawaling, JP Erram and Rob Celiz, who all joined the PBA only last season.