Cariaso meets with Manuel on heels of latter's trade demand

Vic Manuel wants out of the Aces, but Coach Jeffrey Cariaso tried to fix the situation. PBA Images (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--Alaska coach Jeffrey Caraiso said that he met with embattled forward Vic Manuel on Friday night to discuss the future of the latter's stint with the team.

"He was able to share with me his concerns, plans and desires. He candidly expressed that his contract situation at almost 34 years old, makes him constantly think about his family's life after his career," Cariaso bared what happened in the meeting.

However, he did not further divulge into the details of the meeting.

"I will keep the details private to maintain respect," Cariaso further said, although he added that "all options were discussed."

The meeting took place after Manuel, in a shocker, told Spin.PH that he would prefer being traded this offseason.

Manuel's current contract with the Aces expired just as 2020 ended, and he claimed that they did not reach out to him about a new contract, leading to his trade demand.

Cariaso, however, denied Manuel's claims, saying, "It is incorrect to claim that Alaska did not reach out to him. Alaska offered a two-year, maximum deal with a clause for the second year. The reason behind is completely explained to Vic and which like any other clause, considering the player's history with the team."

Cariaso claimed that Alaska's management reached out to Manuel's agent Danny Espiritu twice after Christmas, the first on Boxing Day and the other right on New Year's Eve, the day Manuel's contract would have expired.

"Pag-iisipan pa," Cariaso bared what Espiritu said in the second meeting.

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