Former PBA Most Valuable Player Asi Taulava is leaving the country’s premier professional basketball league.
The 39-year-old center will strut his stuff in the ASEAN Basketball League after signing a deal with the San Miguel Beermen.
Taulava’s agent Sheryl Reyes relayed the news to InterAKTV. The veteran slotman, who spent the past two seasons with the Meralco Bolts, signed his new deal in the presence of no less than San Miguel Corporation president Ramon Ang as well as sports executive Noli Eala.
According to the agent, Asi Taulava also drew interest from Barako Bull in the PBA as well as teams in the ABL and the Chinese Basketball Association. But San Miguel’s offer to Asi Taulava was too good to pass up, despite efforts by the Bolts to re-sign him. Meralco reportedly offered a two-year extension to retain Taulava.
“The ABL is only played once a week, so it means he will have more time to spend with his family,” said Reyes.
“He will be with his family and stay in shape. Whatever activities SMB has in line for him,” said Reyes. “They start training October because they might join pre-season tournaments.”
Asi Taulava won PBA MVP honors in 2003 after leading Talk ‘N Text to its first championship in franchise history. He has also seen action for Coca-Cola.