BARAKO Bull has made it known that it is done trading after a series of controversial deals in the offseason.
Barako Bull team manager Raffy Casyao made this clear as he vehemently denied reports that they are in the process of trading Rico Maierhofer, who the Energy Cola got along with Willy Wilson in a Draft Day trade that sent the No. 4 pick overall to Barangay Ginebra.
Casyao said Barako intends to keep the long-armed Maierhofer amid reports that the former De La Salle star is bound for Globalport in a three-team deal that would have Batang Pier rookie Justin Chua going to Petron and a future pick of the Boosters going to the Energy Cola.
“That’s (trade rumor) not true. No negotiations going on. We are happy with our team right now,” said Casyao. “Rico M will blend perfectly with our team which consists mostly of tried and tested players. It was our agenda before the season started and right now the result is positive for us."
Barako Bull copped flak from critics after the team traded the fourth pick to Ginebra, which used the rights to tab James Forrester, as well its fifth and sixth overall picks to Globalport, which incidentally tabbed Terrence Romeo and RR Garcia.
While Barako is resisting tinkering with its lineup, Globalport officials have made it clear they are still pursuing one more move which they hope will be consummated within the next few weeks.
“May ongoing. Pero huwag muna natin ilabas, kasi baka hindi matuloy. I’ll let you know within the day,” said the Globalport insider.
Casyao, though, declared that Barako Bull is definitely not part of whatever deal Globalport is working on.
“Basta kami, we are happy with our moves last draft day. Yun na yun. We had a good morale boosting win," Casyao said, pointing to Barako Bull's 88-75 victory over Air21 during its season debut on Wednesday.
"Our boys want to prove their critics wrong. I feel for them, kasi minaliit sila when we made the deals.”