By Waylon Galvez
NLEX team manager Ronald Dulatre said Kiefer Ravena and Kevin Alas are close to signing an extension despite stalled contract negotiations due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Talks that the two players have already inked on the dotted line surfaced after Dulatre posted a photo of their meeting Thursday at the NLEX main office in Balintawak.
“Wala pang pirmahan, finalizing pa. Soon pipirma naman sila,” Dulatre told the Manila Bulletin in a phone interview, adding it was him who asked Ravena and Alas to pay a visit after their initial meeting didn’t push through due to the community quarantine imposed by the government.
Alas, on the other said that the meeting was more of keeping tabs with each other.
“Kuwentuhan lang,” said Alas in a message to the Manila Bulletin. “Usap lang yun about sa mga documents na kailangan.”
Both players have expiring three-year contracts this year. Alas’ deal will end on Aug. 31 while Ravena’s pact is until Sept. 30. Road Warriors coach Yeng Guiao, however, expects the two to re-sign with the the team.
Ravena signed his contract after being selected second overall in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft. The rising star and Gilas Pilipinas mainstay is expected to command a maximum monthly salary of P420,000.
Alas, on the other hand, signed a three-year deal with NLEX also in 2017.
Drafted by Rain or Shine in 2014, Alas was shipped to TNT KaTropa prior to the season and was part of the 2015 Commissioner’s Cup champion as a rookie. He was dealt to NLEX the following season.
Like his backcourt partner, Alas too is expected to command a maximum offer.
Although they play similar positions as combo guards, Guiao was able to combine Ravena and Alas as backcourt tandem that helped NLEX make the 2017-18 Philippine Cup semifinals.