BLACKWATER management has questioned the commitment of Chris Ellis to the team as the player continued to make himself scarce since joining the team in a trade.
The high-flying wingman has joined his new team in practice just once since Blackwater acquired him from Barangay Ginebra last August 31 in a straight trade for Art dela Cruz.
Ellis was ruled out for the season after suffering from full body cramps and diagnosed with acute renal disease that looked more like a side effect of the leptospirosis he reportedly sustained even before he arrived at Blackwater.
Team manager Johnson Martines, though, said they were informed that the Filipino-American wingman is already healthy enough to report for duty, which Ellis has yet to do after more than two months of rest.
Asked if management is worried about Ellis's commitment to the team, Johnson said he doesn't expect him to report any time soon, adding their communication with the player is only limited to his agent, Charlie Dy.
“I don't look forward to (seeing) Ellis join Blackwater pa eh, kasi no word,” Martines said on Monday. “And then, as for his health, based on the report of the PT, normal na siya. Okay na siya, so healthy na siya siguro.”
“He's not in the roster,” Martines added. “We still have to talk with Charlie then we'll be able to come up with what the plans of the player din. Hindi ko rin alam ang plano ni Ellis eh.”
Martines said he has yet to talk with Ellis since he reported for his first and only practice with the Elite last September.
“As of now, I'm only communicating with the agent niya eh,” Martines said. “For Ellis, I haven't talked with him. After yung unang practice niya, we did talk. But after that, wala na.”