MAC Belo is hardly bothered by all the rumors surrounding the Blackwater franchise which points to him as the likely next man on the trading block.
""Sa ngayon di ko na iniisip yun. Iniisip ko lang ngayon kung ano ang nasa harap ko," said the three-year forward.
He has all the reason not to think about it for the moment especially after being signed to a max deal by the Elite management on Tuesday.
(From left) Blackwater team manager Jacob Nunez, Matthew Sy, Mac Belo, and team board representative Siliman Sy.
Belo's new contract will have him earning P16.2 million over the next three seasons.
The signing of the contract extension comes on the heels of a flurry of deals that saw the Elite trade rookie Ray Parks to TNT KaTropa, Allein Maliksi and Raymar Jose to Meralco, and Mike DiGregorio, also to the KaTropa in a span of two weeks.
But at the same time, the multi-million deal given to Belo meant he now assumes the mantle of leadership at Blackwater.
“The franchise wants Mac Belo and Paul Desiderio to be the new faces of the team,” stressed coach Aris Dimaunahan. “And we welcome the development.”
Belo said he’s up to the task.
“It’s a challenge for me. Panibagong yugto,” said the 26-year-old Far Eastern University product.
“As a leader ng team, kailangang ko lang na tulungan yung mga coaches, yung mga teammates ko na maging one page kami sa lahat ng mga gagawin namin.”
While the season looks over for Blackwater, Belo said the team’s new acquisitions such as Mike Tolomia, Don Trollano, Carl Bryan Cruz, and returnees Brian Heruela and KG Canaleta would be of big help to the Elite moving forward.
“Challenge lang ngayon kasi may mga bago kaming players. So kailangan lang namin na mag-regroup ulit,” added the native of Midsayap, Cotabato.