Blackwater team owner Dioceldo Sy stressed that 2018 Gatorade PBA Rookie Draft second overall pick Bobby Ray Parks will be playing a vital role for the Elite despite persistent rumors that he is headed to the Meralco Bolts.
"Nothing on the table. That's rumor," Sy told ESPN5.
Sy mentioned that the Elite consider Parks as a leader in the making, who can form a lethal combination with incoming third-year pro Mac Belo.
With Blackwater parting ways with vastly improved slot man John Paul Erram and a future pick to acquire rookies Paul Desiderio and Abu Tratter last week, the Elite owner sees Belo carrying the mantle of leadership.
The PBA's technical committee is expected to approve the trade proposal that also involves NLEX and TNT by Thursday.
With Erram gone, Sy also sees this as a golden opportunity for Parks to step up the plate as well and lead with Belo, whom Blackwater selected during the special draft in 2016.
The amiable Blackwater big boss sees Belo as a cross between PBA legends Vergel Meneses and Kenneth Duremdes, both high flyers who can score at will, while being in awe with Parks' versatility.
"I believe they [Belo and Parks] can blend perfectly. And for me, it's about time for Mac to soar next season," noted Sy.
Parks is currently playing for San Miguel-Alab in the 2019 Asean Basketball League. But Sy said he is now in talks with San Miguel sports director Alfrancis Chua in ensuring the former National University standout can join Blackwater by the start of the 2019 PBA season on Jan. 13.
Parks is also expected to sign Blackwater's three-year, rookie max deal worth P10.4 million by Thursday.
The Elite are coming off a franchise-best fifth place finish in the 2018 Governors' Cup behind import Henry Walker.
Although the Elite had a busy offseason, having shipped Paul Zamar to San Miguel Beer for two future second-round picks, Sy feels Blackwater is headed in the right direction.
Aside from Belo and Parks, Sy expects veterans James Sena, Chris Javier, Allein Maliksi, Mike DiGregorio and Raymar Jose to play bigger roles as the Elite shoot for a breakout season in 2019.