EVEN with a surplus of guards at his disposal, Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao said he has no plan to trade TY Tang in the wake of interest from other PBA teams.
Guiao admitted there had been inquiries on Tang's availability since the Governors Cup last season, but he was quick to shoot down any thoughts of dealing away the former De La Salle guard.
Among the teams interested is Air21, which sees Tang as a potentially good addition to a backcourt that has to rely on veteran Wynne Arboleda following the injury to Simon Atkins.
Air21 is also in talks for a trade for Ginebra back-up guard Josh Urbiztondo.
"Last conference may nagtanong. Di ko alam kung interesado sila (Air21 Express) pero personally, I don't have any intention of trading him (Tang)," Guiao told Spin.ph.
Guiao said his team may be guard-heavy at this point with the presence of former Rookie of the Year Paul Lee, Chris Tiu, Ryan Arana and rookies Alex Nuyles and Jeric Teng, but the fiery Rain or Shine mentor believes Tang has a place in the E-Painters rotation.
"Ang maganda sa kanya, every time you bring him in, he can shoot one or two threes. He's also an intelligent player," explained Guiao, who likens the pint-sized guard's spot in the rotation to veteran NBA guard Derek Fisher's role back when he was with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Guiao's reaction came on the heels of Air21 coach Franz Pumaren's recent acquisition of his former players with De La Salle in the UAAP, among them big man Carlo Sharma, guard Joseph Yeo and Macmac Cardona.
Other former Green Archers playing for the Express are Renren Ritualo and Atkins.