The Philippine Basketball Association welcomes the Converge FiberXers to the league. The new competitor is still negotiating terms with former Aces players, namely, Tratter, Ahanmisi, and Herndon.
These three units are the key players for Alaska during their last run in the previous conference. Chito Salud, the team governor, and manager of the FiberXers said they are still discussing about the contracts of the mentioned players after they acquired the rights of the Alaska franchise.
The three players are still not officially part of the squad since they still do not have a contract with Converge.
“As in any other team situation, those who have not yet signed wouldn’t be part of the roster,” said Salud.
“We’re still negotiating, and as soon as those agreements are secured, we will file our UPC (Uniform Player Contract) with the PBA. It’s as simple as that. There’s no other way around it.” he added.
During the Aces’ final appearance in the previous conference, these three players had been impressive for the team. However, they fell against the NLEX Road Warriors in their do-or-die game in the quarterfinals.
Tratter and Ahanmisi are still in the United States while Herndon had already come back to the country. Tratter and Ahanmisi are likely to return back to the Philippines before the season-opener on Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum to play.
“Some are still abroad, some are here, but at the end of the day, it’s the terms of the agreement that will count,” Salud shared.