GlobalPort owner Romero admits interest in Ababou, but says no deal in the works
GlobalPort owner Mikee Romero, left, admits he will jump at the chance to get Ginebra's Dylan Ababou. Jerome Ascano/ Snow Badua

GlobalPort Batang Pier team owner Mikee Romero admitted his interest in Dylan Ababou, but made it clear that no deal for the rarely used Ginebra player is in the works.

For the past week now, Ababou has become the subject of several trade rumors online and while much of the reports are unfounded, Romero has made no secret of the fact that he is willing to jump at the chance to get the former Smart Gilas mainstay.

Asked how interested he is in Ababou, Romero gave a quick response: “Very much (interested in him). Pero he’s with another team. Kaya I don’t know kung (pwede).”

A GlobalPort move for Ababou should be good news for new coach Pido Jarencio, who had the 27-year-old guard/forward in the University of Santo Tomas side that stunned Ateneo in the UAAP Finals of 2006.

“Syempre, kung may chance bakit hindi," said Jarencio of a reunion with Ababou. "Pero sa ngayon wala pa kaming napapag-usapan na ganyan ni boss Mikee.”

“Sa ngayon talaga, wala. Pero kung may statement na ganyan si Boss Mikee, pag may time siya, pwedeng pag-usapan na namin para malaman ko na kung ano ang pwede kong gawin,” he added.

Ababou has yet to regain a place in the Ginebra rotation since being sidelined by an ACL injury last year, seeing limited action in a lineup loaded with talent in his position.

In fact, the former Tigers star almost got traded in the offseason when Ginebra acquired the No. 4 pick overall in the last PBA rookie draft which the Kings used to tab James Forrester.

Fortunately for him, the deal was tweaked at the last minute, with Willy Wilson and Rico Maierhofer ending up being shipped to Barako Bull.

Romero may be waiting for the chance to get his hands on Ababou, but he insisted his priority right now is to see his rejigged team build chemistry in the PBA Commissioner's Cup.

“We’re not trading any player at this point - we want to build our chemistry first,” said Romero.

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