"Pag-uusapan namin ng husto iyan," said Rene Pardo, the Llamados’ representative to the PBA board and the league’s immediate past chairman.
Last Thursday, the PBA governors approved a 20 percent increase in the monthly pay of players, raising the maximum salary from P350,000 to P420,000 monthly.
The board, however, clarified it’s up to the teams and the players to reach an agreement. That is where Raymundo may find his bid to the special niche blocked.
The 30-year-old Orani, Bataan native has virtually not seen action the last two seasons due to an assortment of hip and groin injuries. He returned in the closing stages of the mid-season Commissioner’s Cup last March but missed the entire Governors Cup due to a pre-tournament third-degree sprain.
"Iyon ang tingin ko magiging problema niya dahil palagi siyang injured," said Pardo, who also acts as consultant to team manager Alvin Patrimonio.
Raymundo was among the 15 players earning the league maximum before his contract expired last August. The others were James Yap and Joe Devance, Talk N Text’s Kelly Williams and Ranidel de Ocampo, Meralco’s Asi Taulava and Reynel Hugnatan, Ginebra’s Mark Caguioa, Air21’s Danny Seigle, Alaska’s Sonny Thoss, Tony De La Cruz, JR Reyes and LA Tenorio, Powerade’s Gary David, and Rain or Shine’s Gabe Norwood.
Raymundo has been seeking treatment in the United States and was set to return on Sept. 22. But he surprised everybody by returning home last Wednesday, eager to start practicing anew with his ballclub in anticipation of the coming season that starts Oct. 2.
Source: NOLI CORTEZ, Business Insight Malaya