GLOBALPORT was impressive in a 109-76 dismantling of Talk ’N Text in a tuneup match on Wednesday, and Jay Washington wished he was on the court instead of watching from the stands at the Moro Lorenzo Sports Center inside the Ateneo campus.
The Fil-American forward Jay Washington, a member of the Gilas Pilipinas pool that just recently returned from Spain, is keeping his fingers crossed that he could rejoin the Batang Pier although GlobalPort has yet to decide on whether he will be re-signed or traded.
As Globalport booked a third straight preseason win, the 6-foot-7 restricted free agent said it would be fun to be part of the upgraded Batang Pier roster that now boasts of a solid guard rotation of Alex Cabagnot, Terrence Romeo and top rookie pick Stanley Pringle.
Washington is certain he can be of use to the team.
“The team looks really good, but at the same time, they can still use an inside presence and what I do being a stretch four, but Pringle and Terrence, they’re gonna cause a lot of problems to other teams this year,” Washington told Spin.ph after the tune-up match.
“It would be nice to be part of that.”
The 32-year-old Washington hadn’t been able to keep in touch with the team the last month and a half, ever since he was included by national coach Chot Reyes in Gilas Pilipinas’ national pool.
Washington played for Gilas in the national squad’s third place finish in the Fiba Asia Cup in Wuhan, China, before joining the team’s series of pre-Fiba World Cup tune-up matches.
He remained with the delegation in Seville, although he was not part of the final 12 for the world meet, and continues to join Gilas training sessions as the team prepares for the Asiad.
“I’m still going to Gilas practice, still trying to figure out what’s going on, because I haven’t signed a contract yet (with GlobalPort),” explained the two-time PBA Best Player of the Conference awardee.
“I’m still trying to see what’s gonna happen because there are rumors about it (trade), but I’m hoping for the best situation,” he added.
Washington said he had a brief talk with GlobalPort team owner Mikee Romero and board governor Erick Arejola, who both promised to “work a deal for the next few days."
“I just talked to boss Mikee a little bit and boss Erick, they told me they’ll get something worked out the next few days. But I don’t know (if he’ll stay). So it’s wait and see what they will do really,” he said.
A source recently told Spin.ph that Washington might be shipped to Talk ’N Text in exchange for Noy Baclao.
Asked to comment on the trade rumors, Romero told Spin.ph that he still has to discuss it with his management team.
The sweet-shooting Washington averaged 15.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.1 steals in 33.2 minutes last season. He also shot 32.5 percent from three-point range.