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    Wright sets aside contract talks so as not to be a distraction to Phoenix

    Jun 2, 2022
    Matthew Wright during the PBA Media Day.
    Matthew Wright is in the final conference of his Phoenix contract.
    PHOTO: Marlo Cueto

    MATTHEW Wright said he does not want to be a distraction to Phoenix Super LPG as he vowed to honor his three-year contract with the Fuel Masters.

    Wright declined to reveal details about his future beyond his current deal with the Fuel Masters which expires at the end of the Philippine Cup. But the Fuel Masters star said he is committed to give his best to Phoenix in the season opener which opens on Sunday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

    [See Wright moving to Japan after PBA PH Cup]

    “I committed in 2019 to three years and I intend to play ‘till the very last second of that contract,” Wright told reporters during the PBA Media Day on Thursday. “That’s what’s being professional is all about.”

    “Nothing is going to change at all. I’ll be at practice early, go hard, and you are going to get the same Matthew Wright,” said Wright.

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    Wright confirmed the statement made by Phoenix team governor Raymond Zorilla that he is committed to the Philippine Cup campaign.

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      “He is right. Everything sounds correct. My contract ends at the end of this conference. I signed for three years and they are going to get three years out of me. They’ll going to get everything that was agreed upon. There’s really nothing else to say. I practiced immediately after the SEA Games so they know that I’m committed and ready this conference,” said Wright.

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      Wright is in the middle of chatter about his future not only with Phoenix Super LPG but in the PBA, as he is reportedly getting offers to play in the Japan B.League.

      The 31-year-old Wright though wants to be focused on the upcoming title bid of the Fuel Masters.

      “Of course, I would have to,” said Wright, on whether he is thinking about the future. “I’ve given it some thought. Specifics, I won’t get into details with. I’m not going to go into detail because to be honest, I don’t want to distract the team.”

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      “I don’t want to distract management, coaches, and all that that stuff. As much as I hate to say it, everyone wants to know and everyone is asking. I just want everyone to just know that I’m going to be the teammate, a good locker room guy, and I’ll going to give my 100 percent,” said Wright.

      Wright is still not closing the door on a possible return to Phoenix.

      “The season is still going on. Negotiations are still going on. I think it’s going to be a matter of us meeting halfway on some things. That’s how it is. I go high, they go low, and we meet in the middle. That’s how negotiations in this aspect works.”

      “Of course, I’m open. I’m listening. But I think now is the time if we did reach an agreement. I feel like the season is about to start. I don’t want any distractions right now. We can figure it out at the end of the season.

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      "I just want us to be fully focused on San Miguel on Wednesday for anyone else who are wondering, tsismising about where I’ll go,” said Wright.

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      Matthew Wright is in the final conference of his Phoenix contract.
      PHOTO: Marlo Cueto
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