VETERAN forward Danny Seigle has declined an offer from Barako Bull for a contract extension as he expressed his desire to explore other options, less than two weeks before the start of the PBA’s 39th season.
Barako Bull team manager Raffy Casyao said the former All-Star made his intent to explore other options known during a meeting on Tuesday morning inside the team's dugout at the Gatorade Hoops Center, even if the team has an offer for a new deal on the table.
“Sabi niya (Seigle) kasi, he will try to look for other options. May offer na kami sa kanya, at least a one-year extension, so he wanted to try other options. Then mag-usap uli kami,” Casyao told Spin.ph.
Spin.ph tried to get Seigle’s side, but the 37-year-old Wagner College alumnus declined to comment for the time being.
The Barako Bull team official said losing Seigle would be a big setback considering the former national player was the most realiable gunner for the team last season, submitting averages of 11.7 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 31 games this past season.
Although Barako Bull has a surplus of players right now following a series of trades in the offseason, Casyao said Seigle would leave a big gap in the Energy Cola's lineup.
“Iba pa rin ang talent ng Danny Seigle eh. Iyan ang No. 1 local scorer namin last conference. And even though madaming kaming players ngayon, tingnin mo may replacement kami for Danny Seigle?" Casyao said.
"That’s the situation the coaching staff will have to think about,” he added.
Seigle, the 1999 Rookie of the Year, is a four-time Finals MVP and a two-time Mythical First team member. He also earned Best Player of the Conference twice (1999 Governors Cup and 2005-2006 Philippine Cup) while playing for San Miguel.