GELO Alolino was granted his unconditional release by Phoenix after the two camps failed to reach an agreement for a contract extension on Monday.
The sophomore guard averaged 6.0 points on a 44-percent shooting from three-point land to go with 1.7 rebounds, and 1.3 assists this past season before being sidelined in the third conference to remove bone spurs in his right ankle.
The development now makes Alolino a free agent, with Blackwater being one of the frontrunners to secure his services.
Alolino, a point guard out of National University, was taken second overall in the 2016 PBA Draft, the class where the league also staged a special Gilas draft.
Aside from Alolino, also granted his release was veteran forward Gabby Espinas.
The 12-year veteran was left out of NorthPort's opening day lineup and can now sign up with any team he comes to terms with.
Espinas, 37, netted 2.6 points and 3.1 rebounds in a reduced role for the Batang Pier last season.
Alaska earlier dropped Marion Magat, Ronald Pascual, and Karl Dehesa from its lineup to make way for its rookie signings MJ Ayaay and Gboy Babilonia.
Carlo Lastimosa and Dylan Ababou are also out at Columbian.