IF the choice is down to him, LA Tenorio wants to finish his PBA career with the Alaska Aces.
However, persistent talks of his possible transfer to another ball club -- with rumors swirling at posting time of trade negotiations for his move to either Ginebra, San Mig Coffee (formerly B-Meg), Meralco and even newcomer Global Port -- have placed him in an uncomfortable situation.
Still, the 5-foot-8 former Ateneo star guard is taking things professionally.
“Every offseason naman hot topic naman talaga ako dito, pero sabi nila (coaching staff) wala naman daw talaga (trade talks). So naniniwala ako. Alangan naman manggaling sa akin 'yun kasi di naman ako magpapa-trade,” Tenorio said as he shared his sentiment with Spin.ph after the team’s practice at the Reyes gym in Mandaluyong.
Tenorio is coming off a heroic performance in Taipei, where his late explosion against a crack United States squad powered Smart-Gilas 2.0 to the championship of the 34th William Jones Cup, ending the country’s 14-year title drought in the annual cage joust.
But upon landing in Manila where he and the entire national team were treated to a heroes’ welcome, the Jones Cup MVP suddenly found himself in a state of uncertainty amid rumors linking him to this or that team.
Tenorio is unsure of his fate but made one thing clear. If he parts ways with the Uytengsu franchise, it won't be because he asked for a move.
“If they will trade me, that means ayaw na nila sa akin. Di naman ako magpapaalam na ayaw ko na. Kaya kung mate-trade man ako, ayaw na nila sa akin,” he said.
“But if I’ll be given a choice, gusto ko mag-stay. Kasi dito naman talaga nag-bloom ang career ko,” added Tenorio, who began his PBA career with San Miguel Beer (now Petron Blaze).
Twitter and Facebook have been abuzz with all sort of trade rumors involving Tenorio, with most reports linking him to a move to a San Miguel-owned team -- most probably San Mig or Ginebra.
There were also reports that he is being moved to Global Port in a direct trade for JV Casio.
However, Alaska head coach Luigi Trillo said on Wednesday night the Aces had no intention of trading their prized playmaker.
“LA has been the voice of the team. He leads by example. We’d rather focus on practice and keep the chemistry of the team,” said Trillo.