FAILING to come to terms, Rain or Shine and JR Quinahan parted ways Thursday after the team traded the burly big man to Globalport in exchange for Jay Washington.
Contract negotiations between Quinahan and the Elasto Painters reached a standoff Wednesday when team management refused to accede to the 32-year-old forward’s demand to have a new two-year, max deal with the franchise.
Team manager and board of governor Atty. Mamerto Mondragon only offered Quinahan a one-year contract.
The trade formally breaks apart the dreaded ‘Extra Rice Inc.’ frontcourt partnership which Quinahan shared with fellow big man Beau Belga at Rain or Shine.
Calls made by SPIN.ph to Rain or Shine and Globalport were not returned yet as of posting time, although an insider said top management of both teams were the ones involved in the one-on-one trade.
“Si Atty. Mert (Mondragon) na daw ang magpapadala ng papers sa PBA,” said the source.
Like Quinahan, Belga has yet to come to terms with the Elasto Painters on a new contract, with another meeting set on Monday in what is deemed as a make-or-break negotiations between the two parties.
The departure of Quinahan at Rain or Shine comes just a week after mentor Yeng Guiao left the team to accept the coaching job at NLEX after likewise failing to come to terms with the team on a new deal.
Washington’s arrival at Rain or Shine is sort of a reunion with the franchise with which he played for during his amateur days.
Playing under the banner of Welcoat, Washington steered the team to its last title in the Philippine Basketball League (PBL) before bringing its act to the pro league in 2006.
This developed as Rain or Shine management made a new three-year contract offer with star player Paul Lee.
The finals MVP of the last Commissioner's Cup is one of four 'max' players of the Elasto Painters along with Belga, Gabe Norwood, and Jeff Chan.
Lee though is still awaiting the arrival from the US of his agent Lawrence Chongson on whether to accept the offer or not.