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    Danny Ildefonso left unprotected by Meralco, heads bumper crop of players in PBA dispersal pool

    Jul 11, 2014

    FORMER two-time league MVP Danny Ildefonso will lead a bumper crop of players who will be made available to newcomers Kia Motors and Blackwater Sports in the coming dispersal draft.

    Meralco team manager Butch Antonio confirmed to Spin.ph on Friday that Ildefonso will be left out of the list of protected players of the Bolts ahead of the July 18 dispersal draft.

     “Yes, it was agreed upon by the coaching staff. Danny I will be part of those players who will not be protected by the team,” said Antonio.

    Ildefonso, 37, was one of the league’s biggest stars since the late nineties who helped San Miguel Beer to eight championships in a 15-year stint with the team.

    However, the former National University star has seen little playing time since moving to Meralco last season, averaging just 3.10 points and 2.19 rebounds in 12.33 minutes of action.

    Ildefonso had told Spin.ph that he feels he has two more good years left in his career and is undergoing a conditioning program while waiting for his next PBA contract.

    [See Ildefonso not sitting around while waiting for next PBA contract]

     “It was a hard decision to make for us, but we were forced kasi andami rin naming players sa pool,” said Antonio, who will also drop another veteran in Paul Artadi to the dispersal pool.

    Meralco is now coached by Norman Black after the coaching shuffle done by the teams under the Manny V. Pangilinan bloc in the league, which also includes Talk 'N Text and newcomer NLEX.

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    Meanwhile, here is a list of players likely to be relegated to the dispersal draft. The list is unofficial but includes players confirmed to be made available in the draft pool.

    ALASKA ACES                                                                                    

    Ryan Buenafe

    Ping Exciminiano

    Nic Belasco*

    Paolo Bugia*

    SAN MIGUEL

    Samuel Marata

    Jojo Duncil         

    SAN MIG

    Isaac Holstein

    Ronnie Matias

    JR Cawaling*

    Lester Alvarez*

    Ken Bono*

    BARAKO BULL   

    Bonbon Custodio

    Jason Deutschman

    Hans Thiele

    Magi Sison*

    Rob Labagala*

    Roger Yap*

    TALK N TEXT

    Jai Reyes

    Eric Salamat

    Robby Celiz*

    Jimbo Aquino*

    MERALCO BOLTS

    Danny Ildefonso

    Paul Artadi

    Anthony Bringas

    Nelbert Omolon*

    Chris Timberlake*

    BRGY GINEBRA

    Jens Knuttel

    Bryan Faundo

    RAIN OR SHINE

    TY Tang

    Jonathan Uyloan

    NLEX WARRIORS

    Mike Burtscher

    Wynne Arboleda

    Chito Jayme

    GLOBALPORT

    Jewel Ponferada

    Val Acuna

    *already in the team’s unprotected list during the last Governors’ Cup

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