Is athletic wingman Chris Ellis’ PBA career heading to a premature ending?
Nearly three months since the Elite acquired the 6-4 Ellis, along with big man Dave Marcelo from Ginebra in exchange for Art Dela Cruz and Raymond Aguilar, Blackwater team owner Dioceldo Sy said they have yet to hear from the 2013 PBA Slam Dunk champion.
Sy admitted the high-flying Ellis has made himself scarce these days since he got traded in the elimination round of the Governors’ Cup. He practiced only once with the team before being confined at the hospital that same day due to severe dehydration and body cramps.
The 28-year-old Ellis failed to play for the Elite for the rest of the Governors’ Cup while his contract expired by the close of the 2017 season.
Sy said from the looks of it, Ellis might be taking a different path already.
“I think he’s (Ellis) on the exit already at the PBA, personally. Otherwise, if you’re interested to play, you should follow the trade,” Sy said on Monday.
The Blackwater big boss said team manager Johnson Martinez has been trying to reach out on Ellis through the latter’s agent Charlie Dy, but was unsuccessful.
He eventually got wind that Ellis had “some plans already”.
“For the past 3 years (Blackwater has been) in (the) PBA, this is the first time we found a player who doesn’t report (to the team). And I heard Ellis got some other plans already so I think he’s on the exit already with the way I look at it,” he added.
The amiable Blackwater team owner said he tried trading Ellis back to any of the San Miguel Corp.-owned teams (Ginebra, San Miguel and Star) or to the MVP group (TNT, NLEX and Meralco) but surprisingly, there were no takers.
“I’ve been asking around both from the MVP and SMC group and I don’t think any of the teams have shown any interest,” he bared. “We have offered some trade but there’s no takers. So let us stay as ease and see what he will do with his own career.”
Asked if he feels Ellis’ non-communication has something to do with Ginebra trading him to Blackwater, Sy would rather not comment.
“That I cannot answer. But that’s a big question mark,” he said.
Ellis was selected sixth overall by Ginebra in the 2012 PBA Rookie Draft and won a league title with the Kings in the 2016 Governors’ Cup. He averaged 6.4 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.2 assists in five seasons as a pro.
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