Alaska coach Jeffrey Cariaso and big man Vic Manuel. APPLICANT FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – Alaska head coach Jeff Cariaso has admitted the decision to part ways with Vic Manuel comes down to the big star’s engagement with the Aces.

Manuel was shipped from Alaska to Phoenix last week more than a month after the veteran fighter demanded a trade.

“It’s not something you want to hear, but if a player comes to you like that, it’s really hard for the engagement part to be a bit still there if he has to come back,” Cariaso said on Power. and Play by Noli Eala, referring to the exchange. request.

Cariaso said Alaska offered Manuel a maximum two-year deal with a second-year clause, but to no avail.

“It lasted six weeks. It was ongoing conversations with the teams that showed interest in Vic. There wasn’t as much interest as most people think, so that made it a lot harder as well, ”he said.

“Some were interesting, some fell off the table, some we didn’t agree with because we thought Vic was worth more.

The Aces finally found a reasonable trade from the Fuel Masters, who sent playmaker Brian Heruela and the rights to the sixth and 16th overall pick in the March 14 rookie draft with a 2021 first-round selection.

Heruela, who was added by the PBA as a commercial sweetener to keep the trade going, is viewed by Cariaso as someone who could be a “blessing in disguise” for Aces.

The deal allowed Alaska, which also granted the rights of the seventh and 19th overall pick to Phoenix, with the exception of Manuel, advance into the draft, which is considered one of the deepest of the history of the league.

“We have identified six players in this year’s draft who are already ready and eligible and who we believe are renowned players who are going to be able to make an impact right away.”

Manuel had a seven-year campaign in Alaska, where he made the final five times.

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