Louie Alas being lured by GlobalPort owner to be next coach, says source
Alaska deputy Louie Alas is one of the most high-profile coaches currently not holding a head-coaching position in the PBA. Jaime Campos

DON'T look now, but GlobalPort team owner Mikee Romero is bent on reuniting with former Philippine Patriots coach Louie Alas.

Sources told SPIN.ph on Friday the management of Romero’s PBA ballclub is keen to lure the current chief deputy of Alaska coach Alex Compton to be the Batang Pier's next head coach.

Alas steered Romero’s Patriots franchise to the inaugural championships of the Asean Basketbal League (ABL) in 2009, but reportedly had a falling out with Romero two years after.

However, one major obstacle for a possible move is that Alas is still under contract with Alaska, said a source.

“Kinakausap na nila si Louie, kaso ang problema, under contract pa sa Alaska yung mama so magiging mabigat ang acquisition dun bukod pa sa presyo ng kontrata na pinag-uusapan,” said an official of the Sultan 900, Inc-owned ballclub.

The multi-titled Alas is one of the most high-profile coaches in the league today who is not holding a head-coaching position, having won titles in the defunct MBA, NCAA and ABL. His only head-coaching experience in the PBA came with Mobiline (now Tropang TNT) last decade.

He was once considered by the San Miguel group to become a part of its pool of coaches in 2013.

[See Alaska's Alas offered coaching job by rival SMC group]

Sources said it was Romero himself who broached the name of Alas as the ballclub looks to bounce back from a disappointing performance in the PBA Commissioner's Cup where it failed to reach the playoffs.

The ill-fated campaign ended with Romero ordering head coach Pido Jarencio to step aside while assistant team manager Johnedel Cardel called the shots in the team's last two games.

Asked about the fate of Jarencio, the insider said the former UAAP champion coach will likely be elevated to a front-office position once a new coach is on board.

[See GlobalPort situation uncertain as owner orders coaching switch in midgame]

Asked what’s been holding up the coaching changes as well as a couple of trades on the table, including the reported acquisition of Karl Dehesa, the source said Romero is still busy with his campaign for a party list seat in Congress through the 1-Pacman group.

Aside from Romero, Mahindra team manager Eric Pineda and Nick Enciso are the other nominees of the group.

All movements will come after the polls, the source added.

“Everything is status quo until after the elections. Even the players, hindi maasikaso ang trade kasi busy sila sa kampanya, ginagamit rin kasi ng 1-Pacman sa kampanya yung mga players ng team,” he said.

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