Matthew Wright declines Phoenix counter-offer


CHICAGO — Patience is a virtue that Matthew Wright would like to uphold.

But as his ongoing and on-and-off contract extension talks with the Phoenix Super LPG continue to drag on, the two-time PBA All-Star’s tolerance is starting to wear thin.

Who can blame him?

“Phoenix took two months to make me a counter offer while Japan came back to me in 24 hours,” he told me.

It’s 60 days or 1,440 hours.

Money is a sensitive issue and it takes time to go through the books, I understand that. But we’re not talking about an accessory piece here. We’re talking about the face of the franchise and one of the best guards in the PBA.

Wondering what the cause of the delay was, I called Phoenix team manager Paolo Bugia and received no response. Maybe Phoenix is ​​walking slowly knowing full well that they still signed Wright for another three months.


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While he looked bored, Wright didn’t mind the endless wait. But the fact that there wasn’t enough money in the bag made him think. And that’s why he didn’t sign on the dotted line.

“I’m not accepting it yet because that’s not what I asked for.”

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Wright wouldn’t disclose the amount that would make him whole, but his market value is within the range of Robert Bolick Jr, who recently signed a lucrative deal with NorthPort worth $22,000 a month, I was told. sources.

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“They seem hesitant to give me what I want,” Wright added.


No, Matthew is generous, polite.

After two hell of a month of infrequent communications that often turns into complete radio silence, it’s implicitly clear that Phoenix either doesn’t want to pay or the team just doesn’t have the budget to nurture a budding superstar.

With gas prices soaring these days, you’d think the company that sells fuel would have the financial muscle to reward Wright with the contract he deserves after six years of carrying the franchise and put it on the map.


With the disconnect evident between the two parties, rumors are circulating that Matthew will be traded to Magnolia for the oft-injured Paul Lee.

But a potential Wright-Calvin Abueva reunion was quickly shot down by Hotshots head coach Chito Victolero.

“That’s not true. I want and need Paul on my team,” he told me via text message.

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But that doesn’t mean Wright won’t eventually end up with the SMC band, which also has the Beermen and Gin Kings in its fold.


Unless Wright decides to go for League B, this whole saga will only end with a sad and familiar chorus.

Poor PBA teams keep getting poorer while rich teams keep getting richer.

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