DANNY Seigle is officially a free agent for the first time in his career.
Seigle, a four-time Finals MVP who spent the best years of his career at San Miguel, said Barako Bull management’s last-minute change of heart with regards to a contract extension left him with no choice but to become a free agent and look for a new team.
The veteran forward, who entered the pro league as San Miguel Beer’s (now Petron) direct-hired player in 1999, said an offer was indeed made by Barako Bull.
“We agreed in principle, to my surprise, at the last minute, the offer was rescinded, so as of yesterday (Monday), for the first time in my career, I am a free agent,” he said in a text message to Spin.ph.
The popular Seigle said he was informed of management’s decision through a phone call by Barako Bull team manager Raffy Casyao.
Nonetheless, Seigle took the time to thank Barako Bull management for giving him the opportunity to play for the Energy Cola the past two seasons.
“I am grateful to have been given the opportunity to play for the franchise these past two years. Wishing Barako Bull all the best,” he said.
Now free to sign with any team he wishes to play for, Seigle said he is open to playing for any PBA team this season, which only started last Sunday. He was mum on negotiations with other teams.
The 37-year-old Seigle was Barako Bull’s most consistent scorer last season after submitting averages of 11.7 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 31 games.
His long list of accomplishment in his colorful 14-year PBA career includes winning the 1999 PBA Rookie of the Year, two-time Mythical First team citations, two Best Player of the Conference awards during the 1999 Governors Cup and 2005-2006 Philippine Cup), all while playing for San Miguel Beer.