ALASKA’s star forward Vic Manuel has asked to be traded away from the Aces.
In what is the most stunning development of the offseason so far, the Aces’s leading scorer is apparently irked by the team’s contract offer and has instructed his agent — Danny Espiritu — to explore all other options after his contract with Alaska expired late last year.
According to a report from Spin.ph, Manuel alleged that nobody from Alaska’s management bothered to get in touch with him after the team’s campaign in the Philippine Cup bubble ended in December of last year.
To make matters worse, the Aces offered him only a one-year contract that had the same terms as his last one with Alaska.
However, a separate report by PBA Rush disclosed that Alaska team manager Dickie Bachmann offered Manuel a two-year, max contract.
Manuel is a 6-foot-4 workhorse of a forward who never went to any of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines or National Collegiate Athletic Association schools but still managed to flourish in the pro ranks.
Nicknamed the “Muscleman” for both his chiseled physique and rugged play, Manuel earned his keep playing in defunct leagues like the Philippine Basketball League, where he was once named MVP, and in the Liga Pilipinas, where he once suited up for Mandaue-Cebu Landmasters.
He was eventually selected ninth overall by GlobalPort in the 2012 PBA Draft before getting traded to Meralco and Air21.
It was with Alaska, though, where Manuel carved out his niche and in the Philippine Cup, he posted stellar numbers of almost 16 points, six rebounds and 2.09 assists. (JNP)