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Guiao admits it's tough to strike NLEX-Alaska trade for Manuel

The chances of Vic Manuel being NLEX-bound is small according to Yeng Guiao. PBA Images (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--Coach Yeng Guiao essentially confirmed that setting up an NLEX trade package for Alaska star Vic Manuel is easier said than done.

The fiery coach said on Thursday that he is expecting the Aces to demand at least one high profile player from the Road Warriors in exchange for the embattled forward, who last week expressed his wish to be traded.

"Baka 'yung gusto nila sa amin 'di naman namin kayang ibigay, di wala ring mangyayari," Guiao said via the PBA website.

Upon confirming Manuel's trade demands, Danny Espiritu, his manager, said on Saturday that NLEX may have to give up one of its main guys just for the swap to happen, which according to the renowned player agent is close to impossible from happening.

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"Malaking asset pa rin iyang si Vic Manuel pero I don't want to give up somebody who will also be a big contributor to our cause," Guiao added.

However, he clarified that he is not ruling the Warriors-Aces deal out yet.

"Sino ba naman ang may ayaw kay Vic Manuel?" Guiao further said.

However, he added, "We will open our doors, but we will not come forward and make a proposal. They have to initiate it."

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