MANILA, Philippines - Sta. Lucia top official Buddy Encarnado said they would be willing to let Kelly Williams join the Smart Gilas team provided the team would be properly remunerated.
“Kelly Williams is our main man. They have to understand that our team would be jeopardized if we give him up without getting anything in return,” said Encarnado.
“We’re amenable if we’re compensated. How? I don’t know,” Encarnado added. “They have to think of ways dahil nananahimik kami.”
Smart Gilas coach Rajko Toroman is keen on having Williams in his roster especially with Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas having a hard time looking for a naturalized player.
Toroman and his chargers are now in the thick of preparation for the coming Fiba Asia Champions Cup and the Asian Games. The same team would vie in the Asian Olympic qualifier next year.
“Kelly being sent to Smart Gilas is not easy because Smart Gilas is not a PBA team. If ever it would go through Talk n Text,” said Encarnado, hinting he’s open to trade talks with Talk n Text.
Encarnado, however, stressed TnT must initiate the deal.
“While we’re willing to help the national cause, hindi naman pwedeng puro flag and country lang. Our interest must also be protected,” said Encarnado.