EVEN before word leaked out that he was on his way out of Talk 'N Text, Jay Washington said he knew his days with the Texters were numbered.
Why? He was no longer invited to team practice.
"I wasn't a part of (Tak 'N Text) practice the last couple of weeks," Washington, trying to keep his emotions in check, told Spin.ph when he showed up for GlobalPort practice. "Basically, I wasn't invited."
"But there's no hard feelings against Talk 'N Text. I went there basically and accomplished what I really went there, to win a championship. Too bad, I couldn't stay there. But that's how it is, that's how this league is."
The Fil-American forward spoke five days after Spin.ph reported that Talk 'N Text was getting Denok Miranda in a trade with GlobalPort, sending Washington back to the Batang Pier camp.
The top pick overall of thec2005 draft said he was sad to leave behind the deep rapport he has developed with his teammates at Talk 'N Text, but recognized that being traded is part of the business.
"That team there is probably the closest team I've been on, so far, just the group of guys to everybody, you know," he said.
"But as far as the coaches go, and everything else, they have their own things that they see or want on the floor. And I guess, me being one of the later additions, I guess I was the one that was expendable, as far as the other guys."
"Like I said, it's part of business. There's no hard feelings. I wish them luck, they still have a strong team."
Now back at GlobalPort, Washington hopes that he can reprise his role as one of the team's most consistent player, especially now that the Mikee Romero franchise has a vastly improved roster.
"Obviously being back here at GlobalPort, before I left I was averaging 16 and 10 (points and rebounds). So hopefully, I get back to that point. This time around, I'll have a little bit more help here," he said.
"I really look forward to being on the floor a lot more and being able to contribute more and being able to show my game," Washington.
GlobalPort team manager Bonnie Tan bared that newly installed PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa is set to decide on the Washington-Denok Miranda trade proposal Saturday afternoon.
Washington was already at GlobalPort practice as the deal has been given the go signal by the PBA, minus the official approval seal as Friday was a national holiday.
"Pinayagan na si JayWash magpunta rito. Kasi agreed in principle naman na," said Tan.
Asked if Globalport is already the final stop for the three-time PBA All Star, Tan had no ready answer.
"Hindi ko pa alam eh. Depende sa boss natin sa taas," he said referring to team owner Romero, who was on the phone with Tan for almost an hour during the Batang Pier's Friday afternoon practice at the Moro Lorenzo gym.
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