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Vic Manuel top priority for Alaska to re-sign, says Jeff Cariaso

Alaska head coach Jeff Cariaso said Vic Manuel is the Aces' top priority to re-sign after learning the bruising forward wants to be traded.

Manuel has yet to strike a fresh deal with Alaska since his previous contract expired last December 31. (READ: PBA teams express trade interest for Alaska star Vic Manuel)

"It's no question that Vic is our number one priority to re-sign," said Cariaso, narrating the Aces began talks of a new deal for Manuel on December 26.

"December 31, management followed up on the offer to see where it stood with Vic's camp. Agent replied back, 'He is still thinking about it.' Therefore, it is incorrect to claim that Alaska did not reach out to him."

Cariaso said Alaska offered Manuel a "two-year max deal with a clause for the second year."

Veteran agent Danny Espiritu, who manages Manuel, said the second year depends on how the 33-year-old performs after the first conference of the upcoming PBA season.

"The reason behind the clause is completely explained to Vic and which, like any other clause, considers player's history with the team," Cariaso said.

Cariaso met with Manuel on Friday, January 8, although the player-turned-coach did not dive into specifics about what they talked about.

"He candidly expressed that his contract situation at almost 34 years old makes him constantly think about his family's life after his career," Cariaso said about his meeting with Manuel.

"Vic and I left the meeting with an understanding on what possibilities the future may hold. I will keep the details private to maintain respect."

"As always, I reminded him that doing things the right way will always be the best way – that honesty, integrity, and honor must never wither as we discuss plans while understanding each other's situation." – Rappler.com

Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.

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