AIR21 veteran Nelbert Omolon said he is excited to take on a new challenge with a new team amid reports that he is bound for Petron in a three-team trade still pending as of Wednesday.
Omolon couldn't seem to contain his excitement upon reading reports that he is bound for Petron in a one-on-one swap for Joseph Yeo (For full story, go to Air21, Petron, Ginebra agree in principle on tweaked trade for Yeo, Raymundo)
“Tuloy na ba yun?” asked Omolon about the transaction that will also have Kerby Raymundo moving from Barangay Ginebra to the Express camp in exchange for James Sena and Air21's first-round pick in the 2014 rookie draft.
“Syempre excited na ako. Kasi bagong challenge ito. Sana nga matuloy,” added the 33-year old native of Bukidnon.
Spin.ph learned Omolon and Sena will still play for the Express while Yeo will suit up for the Boosters in the two teams' PBA Governors Cup game on Wednesday evening at the Mall of Asia Arena before the trade is sent to the Commissioner’s Office for approval.
“Syempre, pagbubutihin ko pa rin ang laro ko mamaya (against Petron). Kaso hindi kaya mapurnada `yun pag-ginalingan ko?” he said with a laugh.
Even Yeo vouches for the value of the veteran forward, who he believes can be an asset to the Petron Boosters if the trade finally pushes through.
“Makakatulong si Bitoy (Omolon) dun. Mas magagamit siya dun. Tingin ko iba naman ang laro niya eh. Big man. Magandang addition siya sa Petron kasi role player siya eh,” said Yeo of his former Sta. Lucia teammate.
Yeo, for his part, has taken a wait-and-see approach to the impending trade.
Omolon, a nine-year veteran out of Philippine Christian University, is considered as one of the most underrated big men in the league, averaging 8.34 points, 4.73 rebounds, and 1.0 steal a game in his pro career.
His best season came in 2007-2008 when he played a key role in Sta. Lucia’s successful run at the Philippine Cup championship. He had impressive stats of 12.35 points, 5.26 rebounds, and 1.19 steals norms during the season.