BARANGAY Ginebra wants Asi Taulava, but it seems the Kings face stiff competition for the ageless slotman.
On Monday, Spin.ph learned that the Air21 Express are also in hot pursuit of the former PBA MVP, whose inspired play with the San Miguel Beermen in the ABL has rekindled interest from PBA teams in dire need of a big man.
One of them is Air21, which after its failed bid for a trade with Meralco involving Taulava at the start of the Commissioner's Cup has sweetened the pot with a new offer that now includes top guard Mike Cortez.
According to team insiders, Air21 is now willing to part with Noy Baclao, John Wilson, and Cortez so it can get its hands on Meralco's Ronjay Buenafe, Jay-R Reyes, and the rights to Taulava.
“Hinihintay lang namin sila. Ang tagal na nito, pero we’ll be patient with them ... kung talagang gusto nila yung trade,” said a source from Air 21 about the revised trade offer.
Meralco team manager Butch Antonio, for his part, admitted hearing about the trade offer but denied having direct knowledge about it.
He also said the Air21 offer is just one of several trade proposals floating around.
“Naririnig ko yun pero walang concrete. Andaming nakalutang (na proposal and balita) pero mahirap naming mag-usap kung wala pang confirmed eh,” said Antonio, who is also the manager of Gilas Pilipinas.
“Status quo pa kami sa Meralco,” Antonio added. “I still have to get the feedback from the coaching staff… nag meet pa lang sila nung Friday eh.”
As for Ginebra's insterest in Taulava, the amiable team official said: “Hindi kami ang hihingi ng ipapalit kay Asi. They have to offer us saka kami sasagot. Sila ang may kailangan eh.”