JAY Washington is no longer on the trading block after a change of heart by GlobalPort management, which said it intends to keep the veteran forward and patch up whatever differences he has with teammate Alex Cabagnot and coach Pido Jarencio.
GlobalPort head of basketball operations Erick Arejola said on Saturday the Sultan 900 Incorporated franchise has decided to keep the agile 6-7 wingman after a meeting among the team's coaches and top officials.
"Our coaching staff met with us management yesterday (Friday) and it was decided upon that we will keep JayWash," said Arejola, who added Washington will also be named the new team captain for next season.
Spin.ph has previously reported that GlobalPort explored possible trades for Washington, drawing interest from at least three teams including Barako Bull.
Among the teams GlobalPort talked to was Rain or Shine, which is weighing its options on the No. 2 pick in the coming PBA draft amid a dearth of big men in the rookie pool.
A trade for Jervy Cruz was also explored.
Arejola said management is now working on patching up the rift between Washington and Cabagnot, who sources said have never really meshed even during their time as teammates at Petron.
Arejola also bared that they are also trying to settle a disagreement between Washington and Jarencio.
"Wala na pareho 'yun (rift with Cabagnot and Jarencio). Inaayos na namin pareho 'yun," said the most trusted lieutenant of billionaire businessman and team owner Mikee Romero.
"The direction of the team now is to maintain the core of our roster and hopefully find ways to draft and sign Stanley Pringle," he added.
"Imagine, Washington and Pringle together. Parehong athletic and may shooting. That could hopefully bring wonders to our team," added Arejola, who is also the head of ground operations of Air Asia.
The former La Salle guard revealed negotiations are still ongoing between Batang Pier and the camp of Pringle, who Spin.ph has reported is 'asking for the moon' in his rookie season in the league.
A separate report said Pringle's agents are asking for a US$20,000 monthly salary in his rookie year - way above the rookie salary cap of P150,000 in the PBA.
"Nag-uusap pa kami ng camp ni Pringle and this time we are leaning towards a positive development," said Arejola, who sounded very optimistic.
Meanwhile, Arejola also reiterated Romero's stand that they will not trade their rights to the 2014 top pick.
"Nope, we are not giving it away. Boss Mikee was firm in his decision to keep the first pick. Why not? This is the first time we will have a chance at the top overall pick," said Arejola.