Gab Banal admitted that the reason behind his decision to turn down Alaska’s contract extension was his desire for a long-term deal.
The 31-year old forward out of Mapua University admitted that he refused to accept the one-conference offer from the Jeff Cariaso-mentored squad since he was hoping for a lengthier one.
Banal said he wanted to return to the Aces and is hoping to have a longer stay with the PBA ballclub. The 2019 Datu Cup MVP wanted job security, but the 14-time PBA champs only offered him a one-conference deal.
“Alaska offered me one conference. I declined it because I wanted to have security as a basketball player. I was hoping to have a longer stay with Alaska. Unfortunately, it was cut short,” he stated.
Banal played two years in the PBA after he was selected by the San Miguel Beermen as the 22nd overall pick in the 2014 PBA Draft.
He then became a part of the Bacolor City Strikers in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League from 2018 to 2020.
Banal re-entered the league after signing with the Aces last February.
The 2018 PBA D-League Finals MVP averaged 8.7 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 1.7 assists in 11 games with the Wilfred Uytengsu-owned franchise.
Last July, he registered his conference-high of 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting from the field against Meralco.
Banal stated that he still has yet received any offers from any team in the league since his departure from the Aces.
But the 2020 All MPBL 2nd team member is still busy in maintaining his game shape in case he gets the chance to participate in the PBA reinforced conference.
“Ayokong magpahinga kasi sayang ‘yung na-build ko,” Banal said. “Ayokong mawala kundisyon ko. If ever anyone picks me up, I’m ready to play. That’s where my headspace is right now. I’m ready to play whichever team.”
“Kung saan man ‘yan, ready na ‘yan. I’m using it as a motivation to become a better player,” he added.