Alaska head coach Jeffrey Cariaso said that it has always been the Aces’ priority to sign Vic Manuel to a fresh contract.

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Alaska coach Jeffrey Cariaso PBA MEDIA BUREAU PHOTO

Cariaso on Saturday revealed in an article published in the Philippine Basketball Association’s (PBA) website (PBA.ph) that Alaska offered Manuel a two-year max contract extension with a clause on the second year.

Cariaso said the Aces made the offer on December 26 last year, and followed up Manuel’s camp on December 31 to determine their answer, but the latter said ‘pag-iisipan pa’ (we’ll think about it).

“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.”

On Friday, Manuel, one of the best big men in the PBA, said he wants to be traded after learning from his agent Danny Espiritu that Alaska only offered him a one-year extension with the same terms as his last contract with the team that already expired this year.

In a discussion with Manuel on Friday, Cariaso said the 33-year-old forward expressed concern about his contract situation, especially since he has a family to provide for.

“He candidly expressed that his contract situation at almost 34 years old, makes him constantly think about his family’s life after his career,” said Cariaso, a former PBA star.

“This thought is perfectly understood not only by one, but three coaches in our team — coach Danny (Ildefonso), coach Tony (Dela Cruz) and I — as we were all former players.”

The 6-foot-4 Manuel poured 15.9 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 2.1 assists in the 2020 Philippine Cup bubble.

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