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    Wheeling and dealing in Sydney as teams talk trade on sidelines of PBA board meet

    Oct 29, 2013
    Pato Gregorio of the PLDT group and Air21 governor Lito Alvarez share a light moment in Sydney. Snow Badua

    SYDNEY - As the PBA board converge in this charming Australia city for its annual preseason planning, expect a slew of trades to be consummated on the side.

    Some governors, in fact, admit this is one perfect opportunity to complete trades which they plan to take advantage of.

    “Oo, magandang pagkakataon ito para magkausap-usap kami at magplano kung ano ang pupuwede naming gawin para mapalakas ang mga team namin,” said Air21 Express governor Lito Alvarez.

    Asked if he has already opened trade negotiations with fellow governors, Alvarez laughed.

    “Hindi pa. Syempre, focus pa kami sa PBA programs namin. Yun ang main purpose ng board meeting, di ba?” said the soft-spoken former PBA chairman of the board.

    Globaport Batang Pier head of basketball operations Erick Arejola admitted several offers have been laid down to him even before the group flew to Sydney.

    “May mga alok. May mga feelers pero wala pa kaming sineseryoso. Syempre, kailangan din ng approval yun sa itaas,” said Arejola, the most trusted lieutenant of franchise owner Mikee Romero.

    One PBA governor, who requested anonymity, told Spin.ph that he is certain trade transactions will be sealed before the planning session is over.

    “Sure yan. Kasi ngayon pa lamang nagbubulong-bulungan na ang mga team governors eh. 'Yan ang side event namin pag may lull sa meeting at planning sessions,” said the board representative.

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    Pato Gregorio of the PLDT group and Air21 governor Lito Alvarez share a light moment in Sydney. Snow Badua
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