Agent denies Chris Newsome went into hiding to avoid signing with Tanduay
Chris Newsome was picked second overall by Tanduay in the D-League rookie draft but  instead is set to see action for Hapee Toothpaste. Jerome Ascano

CHRIS Newsome’s representative denied allegations the Ateneo star purposely let the D-League signing window with Tanduay Light lapse to be able to join Hapee Toothpaste.

Player agent Charlie Dy said on Sunday they didn’t receive any offer from Tanduay Light during the five-day period given to D-League teams after the rookie draft last month — and only got a call hours past the deadline.

Newsome thus automatically became a free agent and days later decided to sign with Hapee, a process which Dy insisted was within the rules of the developmental league.

[See Tanduay seeking PBA help after losing D-League draft pick Newsome to Hapee due to technicality]

Dy said the Tanduay Light camp, led by team manager Jean Alabanza, talked to Ateneo team manager Epok Quimpo and assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga about Newsome about an offer but not with Newsome personally since the Blue Eagles were still seeing action in the UAAP at the time.

“I asked Chris kung may tumatawag o nag-tetext sa kanya ng offer, wala naman daw,” said Dy. “I would not make an effort to call them kasi baka mamaya hindi sila interested or whatever.”

“Gusto niya mag-Hapee dahil nandoon si coach Ronnie Magsanoc and sa Ateneo ang practice. Sabi niya kung puwede sa Hapee na lang siya,” said Dy.

Dy also denied allegations he purposely ‘hid’ Newsome in order for the five-day signing window to lapse.

“Papaano ko itatago eh nandito si Newsome, nandito ako. Friends naman kami ni Jean Alabanza sa Facebook and coach Lawrence sa Twitter. Nag-consult ako sa PBA office. Wala akong tinago,” Dy said.

“Siya ang mag-dedecide. We discuss matters pero at the end of the day, the player decides,” Dy said.

Dy cited the situation of top overall pick Moala Tautuaa, who was given an offer by Cagayan Valley through him even though the Fil-Tongan was in Malaysia playing for the country’s Asean Basketball League team.

“Si Tautuaa nga na wala dito, na wala akong koneksyon sa Cagayan, natawagan nila ako dahil nag-check sila sa PBA office,” said Dy.

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