Karl Dehesa informed about looming trade, but refuses to get ahead of himself
Regardless of what happens from hereon, Karl Dehesa says he will forever be grateful to Mahindra, which gave him the chance to prove himself and become one of the league’s fast-rising shooting guards. Jerome Ascano

KARL Dehesa has already been informed by Mahindra about a possible trade, but he's not getting ahead of himself.

"If it happens, it happens. Wherever I end up, hopefully I can help the team in my own away,” said Dehesa, three days after SPIN.ph ran a story that he and teammate Mike DeGregorio are bound for GlobalPort in exchange for Paolo Taha, Jonathan Uyloan, and possibly Roi Sumang.

The 28 year old California-raised dribbler admitted he was surprised by the news of his possible transfer. But until it comes through, he's staying in the present.

“They informed me of the possibility that it (trade) can go through,” said Dehesa, who posted a series of question marks on his personal Twitter account when news of the trade broke out.

“I was a little surprised, but it’s part of the business, so I just got to pay for what it is and move on,” said Dehesa. “But I am thankful to Mahindra, without them, I don’t know if I will be here, honestly.”

[See Karl Dehesa set to move traded to GlobalPort in four-player deal]

Asked if he is not afraid of losing minutes he enjoyed at Mahindra upon his transfer to a deep GlobalPort side bannered by superstar guards Stanley Pringle, Terrence Romeo and Joseph Yeo, Dehesa can only keep his fingers crossed.

“Whatever I can do to help a team win, that’s what I will be there for,” said the soft-spoken cager.

Regardless of what happens from hereon, Dehesa said he will forever cherish his stint at Mahindra, which gave him the chance to prove himself and become one of the league’s fast-rising shooting guards.

“I am happy that they gave me the chance. They believed in me, trusted me and made me prove myself. That in itself is a reason why I should be grateful,” he said with a smile.

“But I am happy that people are talking about me now and it feels so good,” he added. “I’m happy people are recognizing me now. But I am still the same person I was three years ago, but yeah, my career is different now.”

[See Roi Sumang being peddled to different teams, says source]

Asked about talk that he may eventually end up at Ginebra, Dehesa was not about to fan the speculations.

“I don’t know what they need. Looks like they (Ginebra) got everything that they need, they just got to put it together, I think. It’ll take some time,” he said.


But asked what he can bring to the table to any team he plays for, Dehesa responded: “Energy, hustle, defense and somebody that can go and stabilize an offense and be out there to help a team win.”

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