HOPES for a reunion for the two Dannys at Blackwater were dashed with news that Danny Ildefonso is set to get his unconditional release from the Dioceldo Sy-owned PBA newcomer, paving the way for his return to the Meralco camp.
“Yes, okay na ang unconditional release kay Danny I.,” Sy told Spin.ph after protracted discussions with Meralco that saw the Ever Bilena Cosmetics CEO and president announce that he has decided to release the two-time MVP - only to have a change of heart.
William Ong, the longtime agent of the 37-year-old forward, said Blackwater agreed to give the two-time league MVP’s release papers and report for Meralco’s practice on Wednesday afternoon at the Meralco gym.
“Tumawag na si Paolo (Trillo) so nag-usap na kami, sa Wednesday, pinagre-report na sa practice si Danny,” Ong confirmed.
Ong, however, is keeping his fingers crossed that there won't be another change of heart from Sy.
“Sana naman di na sila magbago (ng isip),” he added.
According to sources, lldefonso will get his release at the conclusion of a three-team trade that would have Seigle going to Blackwater for rookie Brian Heruela, Nino Canaleta going to NLEX and No. 2 rookie pick Kevin Alas completing the move to Talk 'N Text.
Seigle and Ildefonso played together during the glory days of the San Miguel Beer franchise, winning seven league titles together. Seigle, 38, had voiced the hope of playing one last time with Ildefonso before they retire.
Blackwater had offered Ildefonso a two-year deal for P200,000 salary a month, an amount the former National University felt was not commensurate to what he is expected to contribute to the expansion franchise.
After the two camps failed to reach an agreement, Ildefonso hinted at the possibility of retiring if Blackwater insists on letting him go only through a trade.
Ildefonso received a monthly salary of P375,000 at Meralco last season before he was left unprotected in the expansion draft, where he was made the No. 1 pick by by Blackwater.
The pride of Urdaneta, Pangasinan has seen his minutes and production dip significantly since his departure from San Miguel Beer/ Petron, averaging just 3.1 points and 2.1 rebounds in 21 games for the Bolts last season.