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Out-clause in Christian’s contract?

MANILA, Philippines - Fil-German Christian Standhardinger said yesterday he’s not allowed to talk about the terms of his six-month Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions contract even as there’s speculation that he will be cleared to play for Gilas during the ABL season in case of a call to duty with the national team.

“I’m sorry I’m not able to disclose to media the terms of my contract,” said Standhardinger a few hours before boarding a flight to Kuala Lumpur. “With regard to applying for the PBA draft, at the moment, I can’t say yes or no. I don’t really know the complications. It’s something I’ll need to study.” What seemed certain was Standhardinger’s commitment with Gilas.

Christian Standhardinger - FIBA.com
Standhardinger arrived in Manila last Friday from playing three games in the FIBA Asia Cup in Lebanon. He was supposed to spend the night at the Gilas quarters in Mandaluyong but because of the heavy traffic from the airport, SBP executive director Sonny Barrios gave the go-signal to check in at the Ascott Hotel in Makati instead. “Christian hardly had any sleep then he was caught in traffic for about three hours along Magallanes so I advised (SBP operations manager) Xander (Gubat), who picked him up at the airport, to go to Ascott rather than take a few more hours going to Mandaluyong,” said Barrios.  “It gave Christian extra hours of rest.”

Standhardinger said the trip back to Manila was gruelling. “I left the hotel in Lebanon at about 10 in the morning then the drive to the airport took about 1 1/2 hours,” he said. “My flight was to Abu Dhabi where the layover was six to eight hours. Then, I flew to Manila. We were stuck in traffic for three hours so I’m very grateful to Mr. Barrios for advising to check in at Ascott which is closer to the airport.  I got some good rest overnight.”

Standhardinger said he’s excited to battle in the SEA Games. “I’ll give my best every game,” he said. “I hope we become victorious this time and I can’t wait to see us lift that championship trophy.”

Author: Joaquin Henson
Full Article: http://www.philstar.com/sports/2017/08/20/1730946/out-clause-christians-contract

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