ALASKA Milk's players are under evaluation after the Aces' quick exit from the PBA Philippine Cup playoffs, but head coach Luigi Trillo was quick to quash rumors of an impending trade for Calvin Abueva.
Trillo acknowledged Abueva's performance has dipped from this same conference last season while admitting that the sophomore forward's propensity to get into trouble has affected the team as a whole.
“Obviously, his (Abueva) game has not been the same compared to last season. He’s been affected by the way he’s getting hit, though he’s at his best if he’s focused,” Trillo shared to Spin.ph on Tuesday.
Still, the Aces coach said rumors flying around that the team is ready to consider offers for the former Rookie of the Year awardee from other teams like Barangay Ginebra are off the mark.
Such rumors, Trillo added, are normal after an unsuccessful campaign in a conference.
"No, there’s nothing on the table,” Trillo said when asked about the possibility of trading 'The Beast.' “Normally, trades are always being discussed when the team is coming off a bad conference."
Abueva has had a turbulent start to his second season as a pro, getting himself in foul trouble one too many times while figuring in a scuffle with Meralco's Jared Dillinger that resulted in a P13,000 fine.
His constant battle with foul trouble has also hurt Alaska's game. The Aces were 3-8 (win-loss) in the games where Abueva committed four fouls or more - and 4-0 in the games where he had two fouls or less.
Trillo, who is currently writing a conference report for team owner Wilfred Uytengsu, admitted he doesn't approve of some of Abueva's on-court antics, either.
But he was also quick to point out that Abueva, at his best, is capable of elevating the team with his energy and game-long hustle - so long as he doesn’t get caught up with other things.
“I’m not in favor of his showing off to the crowd, though if you think about it, that’s just one side of the coin,” said Trillo.