ROOKIE guard Kevin Alas was quick to come to the reality that being traded even before he could play his first official game in the PBA is part and parcel of the business.
The No. 2 overall pick in the recent Rookie Draft by Rain or Shine, Alas was shipped by the Elasto Painters to Talk `N Text on Monday in exchange for veteran forward KG Canaleta.
The trade came barely a month before the league’s 40th season kicks off on October19 at the Philippine Arena.
The 6-foot Alas admitted parting ways with Rain or Shine isn’t easy, considering he has adjusted well to his teammates and the system being run by coach Yeng Guiao.
“Masakit sa akin, pero at the same time, kailangan ko rin isipin in a positive way at isipin ko din dapat `yung career ko,” Alas told Spin.ph on Tuesday.
The former Letran star player played his last preseason game in a Rain or Shine uniform on Tuesday, scoring four points in the team’s 92-87 win over expansion team Kia Motors.
Alas said his father, Louie, who serves as top deputy mentor of Alaska coach Alex Compton, told him in advance just to be ready for any development.
“Sabi din ng erpat ko, huwag kang mag-expect. Ready ka lang lagi whatever happens. Eh siyempre, ako personally, kasi sa PBA naman talagang normal ang ganyang nangyayari (trade),” he said.
“So ako, I have to take it professionally, kasi pro (basketball) player na ako.”
Alas became dispensable for Rain or Shine when combo guard Paul Lee re-signed with the franchise last week, ending a month-long contract dispute between the team and the controversial player.
The soft-spoken Alask thanked Guiao for pulling the trigger on the trade, saying the fiery mentor was merely thinking of his future as a pro.
“Siyempre, masaya ako dahil si coach Yeng iniisip niya yung kapakanan ko,” he added.