Magnolia Hotshots governor Rene Pardo denied that the team is looking to trade playmaker Jio Jalalon.
“There’s no truth to rumors that we’re trading Jio. There’s nothing on the table involving Jio on a trade. There are no offers from any team or anything,” said Pardo during in interview with ESPN5.
The former Gilas cadet has been the hot topic lately on social media due to his rumored rift with fellow guard Paul Lee with this issue being the underlying reason for the supposed plan to trade one of them to sister team Brgy. Ginebra.
The Gin Kings, according to rumors, are looking at Jalalon to add youthful energy to its ageing backcourt and serve as a potential replacement for top guard LA Tenorio who is planning to hang up his sneakers after next season.
At the same time, the similarly ageing frontline of the Hotshots is supposedly about to get a timely boost with the addition of Christian Standhardinger who, as per the rumors, will be traded by NorthPort to the defending champs sometime November this year.
Pardo, however, immediately shot down the trade talks and bared that the team has already rewarded the 27-year old native of Cagayan de Oro with a three-year contract extension.
“Fact is, we just gave Jio a three-year extension deal. We are supposed not to make public yet that we signed him to a three-year deal, but I just have to tell you this news now because Jio has been affected by this rumor,” explained the amiable SMC executive.
“You can see it from Jio’s game that he’s affected. He’s active at social media and for sure, he reads the trade rumors there. We feel for Jio but again, we’ve assured him that he’s very much part of the team,” added Pardo.
Jalalon, who is averaging 4.43 points, 3.43 rebounds and 4.0 assists in the ongoing 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup, was selected by the Hotshots during the special draft in 2016.