FORMER two-time PBA MVP Danny Ildefonso is playing the waiting game as the Meralco Bolts are not making any move as of the moment to offer him a contract this season.
Ildefonso’s longtime agent, William Ong, bared this to Spin.ph, saying the former Petron big man, who turned 37 on Sunday, is simply keeping himself in shape by going to the gym regularly.
“Ever since wala namang problema sa fitness kay Danny eh, di naman siya umiinom,” said Ong during the game between defending Philippine Cup champion Talk ‘N Text and Barangay Ginebra.
Ong said negotiations with Meralco management isn’t moving for now because the Bolts are still waiting for the status of injured veteran forward Kerby Raymundo.
The 6-5 Raymundo, acquired by Meralco during the offseason in a straight swap with Barangay Ginebra for big man Jay-R Reyes, has yet to play a single game for the Bolts this season.
He is still undergoing rehab on his left knee, which he injured prior to the start of the Governors Cup last season while he was still with the Gin Kings.
“Hopefully nga, pero wala namang promises ang Meralco. We’ll just wait and see,” Ong added on the status of Ildefonso.
The former National University star became a free agent on November 30 after Petron management decided to let him go . He had career-low averages of 1.2 points, 1.5 rebounds and 0.5 assist in just 14 games last season with Petron.
He’s coming off a successful shoulder surgery early this year while serving as Petron’s young center June Mar Fajardo’s mentor.