Even before he could suit up for his new team, Nic Belasco may find himself a new home.
Welcoat and Brgy. Ginebra are reportedly closing on a deal that would send the disgruntled newly-acquired forward to the Gin Kings for forward Mike Holper and rookie guard Macky Escalona.
â€œWelcoat wants Holper because of his size and because he can run,â€ said the official. â€œGinebra, on the other hand, wants Belasco because of his experience.â€
The Dragons initially wanted Ronald Tubid aside from Holper but Ginebra spurned them and maintained that Tubid is off the market.
Negotiations between Welcoat management and Belasco have been stalled as Nic rejected all offers from the team. Belasco has reportedly demanded that some â€˜perksâ€™ to be included in the deal, among which is for him to be treated in the US if an injury creeps in, which the Dragons didn’t bite.
“Ayaw kasi ni Belasco kahit na ang mga offers sa kanya ng Welcoat puro maximum,” the source related.
“Maximum na P350,000 (a month) salary, bukod pa sa mga maximum sa incentives sa championship, MVP, the likes. Pero ayaw pa rin talaga ni Belasco.”
Belasco was acquired by Welcoat from Alaska in exchange for young forward Junjun Cabatu during draft day. So far it hasn’t paid any dividends as Belasco refused to sign on the dotted line, prompting team officials to peddle him elsewhere.
Ginebra entered the picture as it still desperately needs a replacement for Rudy Hatfield.
“He (Belasco) can fill the spot. The only difference I can see between him and Rudy is that Rudy is faster,” said Jong Uichico who coached Nic while they were both at San Miguel.
“But Nicâ€™s got the height, he can shoot, rebound, he works hard and plays hard,” he added.
Nothing against this deal. From a talent standpoint, Ginebra wins because Nic Belasco is still one of the best frontcourt players in the league but you also understand that he is also 33 years old and his window may soon be closing, whereas Holper and Escalona are still young and have potential to be far better than Belasco in 2-3 years time. As it is, Ginebra is only looking at a stop-gap measure as its key frontcourt players are still nursing injuries. How about Artadi instead of Escalona? Artadi was a former Welcoat player back in the amateurs. He could start for the team and play extensive minutes that he can only dream about doing.