Dulatre says NLEX willing to trade draft pick for 'underutilized' Ginebra guard. Will Gin Kings bite?
Among the players in Ginebra's deep backcourt are Jayjay Helterbrand, Dylan Ababou, Mark Caguioa, LA Tenorio, James Forrester and Josh Urbiztondo. Jerome Ascano/ Jaime Campos

NLEX team manager Ronald Dulatre said the team is looking to explore possible trades with Barangay Ginebra, which he believes has a surplus of guards who have become redundant.

Dulatre told Spin.ph on Monday that he is willing to trade some of the new PBA ballclub’s future draft picks for one of Ginebra's guards, some of whom are rarely used during games.

“Napansin ko marami naman silang guards na hindi gaanong nagagamit… Baka open sila. Pwede kaming makipag-trade,” said Dulatre without mentioning any particular player he is eyeing.

“Kahit sino run. Pwede naman naming pag-usapan,” added the Metro Pacific Investments finance officer.

Although Ginebra has one of the best lineups in the league, Ginebra has been bogged down by imbalance since with more than half the team - eight players in all - playing the 1 (point guard) and 2 (off guard) positions.

Ginebra's deep backcourt is made up of LA Tenorio, Eman Monfort, Jayjay Helterbrand, Mark Caguioa, Joseh Yeo, Dylan Ababou, Josh Urbiztondo and James Forrester.

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The Kings have struggled in their first two games, losing to the Meralco Bolts in the conference opener last January 27 and against the underdog Barako Bull Energy last Sunday.

With San Miguel and Ginebra's first-round draft rights in 2015 already in NLEX's possession, Dulatre may have enough in his hands to interest Ginebra in a trade.

“We need another guard kasi. And I think, some of the pieces we want are with Ginebra. We can start a negotiation. They can ask for future picks or a warm body, okay kami,” said the NLEX official.

Dulatre, however, has already ruled out any plans to trade big man star Asi Taulava.

The soft-spoken NLEX official likewise bared that they are currently in talks with three other teams on trades - including one which, Dulatre said, is ready to go as soon as the Road Warriors decide to give it a go.


“May tatlo kaming kausap, kaso yung isa, hold daw muna. The other one has already agreed to a trade, kaso nag-iisip pa kami. The third one, kinakausap pa namin,” said Dulatre.

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