GIVEN a choice, big man Beau Belga wants to stay with the very same team where he blossomed into one of the PBA's top players.
Rain or Shine's free agent center said his priority is to re-sign with the Painters, where he hopes to get a fresh three-year deal.
“Siyempre, gusto ko talaga mag-stay sa team. Iyan naman ang pangako ko eh. Basta lang naman magkasundo kami,” Belga told Spin.ph.
Negotiations, however, are at a standstill as a scheduled meeting with Rain or Shine board representative Mamerto Mondragon for a new contract was moved next week due to the observance of Eidul Adha or the Feast of Sacrifice on Tuesday.
Selected seventh overall by Purefoods (San Mig) in the 2008 draft, the 6-foot-6 Belga admitted with all honesty he’s nervous just thinking of his contract extension considering the different scenario he is facing now.
“Medyo kinakabahan ako siyempre,” said the big man out of Philippine Christian University, whose stock rose the last two years after developing under the wings of Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao.
Rumors abound about the possible trade of Belga to Barangay Ginebra, a team that is looking to shore up a frontline that has been its weakness the past few seasons.
Belga denied about it, stressing his priority remains the Elasto Painters as he acknowledges the major role Guiao has played in his pro career.
“Siyempre, nag-bloom tayo kay coach. Sa kanya tayo nakilala. Kaya naman I’m not closing the doors sa team at mapunta na lang ako basta basta sa ibang team,” said the 27-year-old Belga.
His stats doesn’t show it as Belga averaged just 6.8 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 1.7 assists this season, but his intimidating presence and ability to guard bigger players are some of the intangibles he brings to the Elasto Painters.
Belga’s gung-ho attitude earned him an invitation to join Gilas Pilipinas last June.