27 June 2013

Wilson, Baclao Deal Gains Momentum

A few days ago, Meralco Bolts made a big decision to acquire the services of Jared Dillinger and veteran Don Allado in prime up their chances of nailing that elusive first PBA title. They had to give up their number two scoring sensation Ronjay Buenafe and seldom used Gilbert Bulawan through a circuitous path just to get the much needed upgrade in their frontline.

With no word yet on what other parties are willing to give-up for the rights to hire former PBA MVP Asi Taulava, the Bolts decided to pursue their long-delayed plans to get gunner John Wilson and former number one pick Noy Baclao from Air21 Express in exchange for promising rookie Vic Manuel and the high-priced contract of Mark Borboran.

The deal became stagnant a few days ago after the Express showed limited interest in absorbing the huge pay of Borboran in their books and opted for a much cheaper, but probably more explosive Rey Guevarra.

The rumor is that the deal was finally settled after the Bolts agreed with the demand of the Express but added a third player in the exchange. Aside from Manuel and Guevarra, the Bolts will have to release big man Carlo Sharma in exchange for the underrated center James Sena.

The deal that will make this possible are already in the tables of higher officials from both companies, but the Bolts are still taking their sweet time in case there are some implications that needs to be seriously considered in the Taulava saga.

Coach Ryan Gregorio of the Bolts is still in Lithuania at this time, but was reported to have given the green light pending any developments with the Fil-Tongan 6'9" behemoth.

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