BLACKWATER owner Dioceldo Sy believes Chris Ellis has lost his focus and desire to play in the PBA after getting traded from the league's most popular team.
After getting transferred from Ginebra to the Elite last August, Ellis has only reported to his new team only once, getting sidelined by body cramps that caused him to be confined in a hospital for a few days, and a kidney issue that kept him out even longer.
But while management has gotten word that the high-flying forward was already cleared to play, the 28-year-old Ellis has still made himself scarce.
“I think he's on the exit already (from) the PBA, personally,” Sy admitted. “Otherwise, if you're interested to play, you have no choice but to follow the trade.”
“So far, sa past three years ko sa PBA, it's only this time I found a player who doesn't report after the trade. So we won't force the issue,” he added. “I heard Ellis got some other plans already.”
Asked if he feels Ellis was depressed after getting traded from the league's crowd darlings, Sy could only wonder.
“That I cannot answer. It's a big question mark,” the Blackwater boss said.
Ellis' contract has actually already expired last August, but his continued no-show has left Blackwater no options regarding a possible renewal.
“How can you offer something when he's not showing up?” Sy said. “He needs to show up first before we do anything. It's as simple as that.”
Elite management also tried to put the Filipino-American cager on the trading block to no avail, Sy added.
“I've been asking around, both with the MVP and SMB group, I don't think any of the teams have shown any interest,” Sy said. “We offered some trades, but there's no taker eh. So let's see what he will do on his own career.”