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Abueva coach, agent unaware

Bea Micaller



CALVIN Abueva (right) is being eyed to play in Japan. DAILY TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO

Calvin Abueva has yet to inform Phoenix Super LPG coach Louie Alas and his agent, Danny Espiritu, about an offer for him to play in the Japan Basketball League (B.League).

In a telephone conversation, Alas said Abueva has yet to reach out to him to discuss an offer that would bring him to the B.League in October.

He said their only communication is through group chats, but the suspended forward has yet to inform him anything significant.

“I haven’t talked to Calvin for two months already. Our only communication is through group chats,” said Alas, who reiterated his willingness to bring back Abueva after a long suspension from the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).

On the same note, Espiritu admitted that he was also caught unaware by the Japanese offer to Abueva as he only learned about it through social media.

“I don’t have any update on that yet and I only learned that when he posted it on social media,” said Espiritu, who handles the career of some of the best players in the PBA.

Abueva is said to be in the final stretch of his suspension.

Previous reports have it that all he needs is to wrap up his psychological sessions before PBA commissioner Willie Marcial formally signs his reinstatement.

But it appears that his absence in the PBA would be longer than expected.

In a social media post, Abueva revealed a message from an anonymous sender asking him to pack his bags for the B.League, a development that comes in the wake of Thirdy Ravena’s contract-signing with the San-en NeoPhoenix as part of the “Asian Players Quota.”

“Good a.m. Calvin. Please call me,” the sender said.

“There’s an offer in the Japan B.League.”

Although Abueva confirmed the offer, he stressed that he is inclined to stay in the PBA.

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