Cyrus Baguio adds casualty to depleted NLEX side ahead of Clark bubble

Published September 24, 2020, 4:45 PM

by Jonas Terrado

Cyrus Baguio (left) became the second NLEX player to beg off from the planned PBA restart in Clark. (PBA Images)

Cyrus Baguio became the second NLEX player to opt out of next month’s planned restart of the PBA season inside the Clark bubble, the team confirmed on Thursday.

NLEX team manager Ronald Dulatre said Baguio is skipping the season restart due to personal reasons.

“Cyrus will not be joining for personal reasons,” Dulatre told the Manila Bulletin.

Baguio’s decision came days after teammate Larry Fonacier elected to skip the bubble due to his wife having health issues.

Unlike Fonacier, Baguio has been joining NLEX practices at the FCL Center in Quezon City since the resumption of workouts in late-August.

The decision could mark the end of Baguio’s 17-year PBA career after indicating earlier this year that the PBA Philippine Cup will be his last.

But those plans were derailed after the PBA season was suspended last March 11 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Baguio has played for six teams, including NLEX, since being drafted 14th overall by Red Bull in the 2003 PBA Draft.