BEAU Belga is playing his own waiting game while the PBA is currently on hold.
Rain or Shine’s veteran center yesterday said he is on a wait-and-see mode while awaiting the outcome of the reported trade talks between the Elasto Painters and NLEX Road Warriors.
While admitting he is not aware of any ongoing discussions about a trade, Belga also said he has no control and would be equally content wherever he winds up with.
“Kung nag-uusap sila, wala akong alam,” Belga told Malaya-Business Insight. “Kung meron silang ganu’n, wala akong idea. Wala akong control du’n.”
The grapevine has it that NLEX initiated the talks with Rain or Shine for a possible trade for Belga. A usually reliable source even said the Road Warriors’ current offer is giving up third year pro Kris Porter and incoming sophomore Will McAloney.
The E-Painters have yet to make a counter-offer as of yesterday.
Such trade talks started when it was revealed that Rain or Shine has yet to offer Belga, whose old contract expires on Oct. 30, a new contract.
Belga admitted there is one matter with his new contract that has to be resolved with management, although the communication lines between him and team co-owners Terry Que and Raymond Yu have always remained open.
“Kinausap naman nila ako before, sinabihan ako na mag-hintay-hintay muna,” related Belga.
“Ako wala namang problema sa akin. Pero… hindi na ako bata. Parang gusto ko lang peace of mind, na kahit papaano may kontrata pa akong darating. Baka mamaya ma-injured tayo, then bigla tayong malimutan. Ayaw naman natin iyon.”
Belga simply wants to make it clear he was not the one who asked to be traded. “Hindi naman ako ever nag-ask ng trade,” he said. “Fourteen years na ko sa liga hindi ako kailanman humingi ng trade.”
The 34-year-old also considers it a very “tough choice” on who to pick between his present team and NLEX.
“Iyung grupo nami ngayon sobrang okay. Kumbaga ako, sa sarili ko, hindi talaga ako mag-re-request na i-trade ako,” said Belga.
“Okay na ako dito. Sa team ko ngayon napakasaya ko. Kumbaga, naging mas wide ang role ko sa team na ito. From a being a kuya sa mga bata. Sa labing-lima, aapat na beterano tapos puro bata na.
“Kailangan pastolin mo mga ito, kasi nga puro bata,” added the burly slotman.
“Unless (NLEX coach) Yeng Guiao ‘yung pupuntahan mo. Iyon kahit pagbali-baligtarin mo, alam na alam ko na sistema nu’n. Pero kung itatapon ako sa ibang team…. Magaling naman akong makisama, kahit bagong grupo, bagong tao, bagong society, bagong community. Pero iba pa rin iyung kay Yeng Guiao, na halos lahat ng dating teammates) nandoon.”
Belga even shared some anecdotes between him and some Road Warriors.
“Lagi ko ngang kausap sila Kiefer (Ravena), sila JR (Quinahan). ‘Ano, p’re? Punta ka na dito.’ Sabi ko, ‘Puro kayo punta na dito wala pa namang ginagawa mga boss n’yo.’ Tulad nga niyan, may ginagawa na daw, sabi ko, okay lang din.
“Antay din lang talaga ako.”