Allyn Bulanadi is now mulling to join Alaska in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) amid the uncertainty surrounding the national men’s basketball team.
Bulanadi’s agent, Danny Espiritu, told Daily Tribune that the 6-foot-2 sniper is raring to join his mother team in the PBA once his contract with Gilas Pilipinas expires in February.
Espiritu said Bulanadi is keen on playing for the Aces as he hasn’t been able to see action with the national team since getting selected in the special Gilas draft in 2019 due to injuries.
“Allyn really wants to play for Alaska since he hasn’t been able to play for Gilas because of his injury,” Espiritu said in a phone conversation.
The former San Sebastian standout was selected fourth overall by the Aces in the Gilas special draft alongside national team cadets Isaac Go, Rey Suerte, Matt and Mike Nieto in 2019.
According to an agreement between the PBA and Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, the players will be loaned by the national team and will only be able to play for their mother clubs once they were released by the federation.
Bulanadi, however, failed to see action in the international stage after suffering from a shoulder injury in 2020.
The injury forced him to sit out during Gilas’ campaign in the second and third windows of the FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers last year.
But the SBP still needs Bulanadi’s services as he was included in the team’s bubble training at the Moro Lorenzo Gym in November in preparation for the FIBA World Cup qualifiers next month.
The Philippines is scheduled to face long-time rival Korea on 24 February with all games to be staged at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Gilas will then clash with India on the 25th, New Zealand on the 27th, before capping their February matches with another duel against Korea on the 28th.
But the tourney still remains uncertain as the country is still under high alert due to the recent surge of Covid-19 cases early this month.
Espiritu said the best way to handle the situation is to allow Bulanadi and other Gilas standouts to play the February window before discussing things with his mother team.
“I think a win-win situation would arise if they let him play in February. Then after that, let him go back to his mother team so that there wouldn’t be any bad blood,” Espiritu said.
“At least, even though the contract has already expired, the player was still able to play one window.