AFTER being locked up by TNT Katropa to a new three-year deal on Saturday, Jayson Castro said he hopes all talks about him taking his act to the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) would finally be put to rest.
The 30-year-old Castro, twice named best point guard of Asia, renewed his contract with the franchise that picked him third overall during the 2008 PBA draft for a package worth P15.2 million.
He said that should settle once and for all his long reported plan to play overseas instead.
“Ayaw ko ng pag-usapan pa yun,” he told SPIN.ph over the phone shortly after signing the TNT contract following the tune-up game between the Texters and the Star Hotsahots.
“Kaya nga pumirma na ako dito para mawala na yung mga ganyang usapan.”
Danny Espiritu, who has been representing the former Philippine Christian University stalwart considered as the TNT franchise player, said they did consider a possible stint with the CBA so long as there was a formal offer coming from any of the three ballclubs that expressed interest in signing up Castro.
But until the deadline he set last Thursday, no offer came their way.
“Puro feelers lang at tsaka pasabi, pero walang formal na offer,” Espiritu said. “Hindi naman kami puwedeng maghintay lang.”
More than the amount, Castro, a four-time Mythical First Team member and four-time All-Star, is stay with the team he considers home.
“Siyempre masaya na nasa TNT pa rin ako. Dito naman talaga ako nagsimula,” he said of the franchise where he won a total of six championships.
Now settled and finally back on board again, the native of Bacolor, Pampanga said the immediate goal is to guide the Texters again to the finals and win a championship.
The team, now handled by young coach Nash Racela, hasn’t been to the championship round since the 2015 Commissioner’s Cup.
“Sana makabalik sa finals and manalo ulit ng championship. Ang tagal na naming hindi nakakatikim ng championship,” he said.
Everything is not impossible especially with ‘The Blur’ at the forefront of TNT’s campaign for the new season.