Barangay Ginebra San Miguel is eager to extend Prince Caperal’s contract despite the delay in negotiation due to the suspension of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Governors’ Cup.
Kings coach Tim Cone said he is looking to keep the 28-year-old Caperal in a bid to launch another run for the season-ending title.
The contract of the 6-foot-7 center is set to expire on 31 January.
Caperal has been a regular part of the Kings’ rotation following his breakout year in 2020, where he averaged 7.8 points on 42 percent shooting and 3.9 rebounds to play a key role in the absence of Greg Slaughter.
His impressive performance helped the Kings capture the historic 2020 Philippine Cup title in which he earned the Most Improved Player plum.
“We’re very eager. He’s got some unique skills for a big man. I’m not involved, however, in the negotiations,” Cone said in a text message yesterday.
A former Arellano University standout, Caperal is part of the 2014 rookie batch that serves as the first group of cagers who became unrestricted free agents at the start of the year.
Other members of the 2014 batch who also availed of the controversial free agency rule were newly-acquired Ginebra guard John Pinto and San Miguel Beer bruiser Rodney Brondial.
Former fourth overall pick Matt Ganuelas-Rosser is also currently exploring the free agency and has yet to ink a fresh contract with Terrafirma.
Caperal’s agent, Marvin Espiritu, said the negotiation between their camps has yet to continue, but they are expecting everything to be finalized next week.
“Everything is still in the status quo right now. Maybe the transaction will resume in a week or two,” Espiritu said.
“Nothing is on the table yet. Hopefully, something will materialize soon.”