Coach Franz Pumaren and Stanley Pringle figured in a shouting match on the GlobalPort bench during a timeout in the 2nd period of their game against Brgy. Ginebra last Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The two patched up things before the 2nd half opened and Pumaren later on said that the spat was no big deal and it was just triggered by Pringle’s laziness on the defensive end.
The altercation was witnessed by fans at the venue and those watching the game via live streaming.
While there is no indication that GlobalPort wants to part ways with the top pick of the 2014 draft, at least one team in the PBA is willing to take him in and part with their 1st round pick in the upcoming rookie draft.
Blackwater Elite owner Dioceldo Sy admitted that they are very much interested in Pringle and the team is willing to sit down with GlobalPort officials to discuss a possible deal anytime soon.
“We’re willing to trade our first-round pick in the coming draft for Pringle,” said Sy.
The offer should somehow entice GlobalPort as Blackwater’s pick is expected to be somewhere in the top 3 as the team has missed the playoffs the past two conferences and has opened the current one with a 0-3 record.
Pumaren has also shown his preference for former DLSU players. The Batang Pier recently traded away the team’s Gilas rookie Von Pessumal for Arnold Van Opstal and signed up Ryan Arana from the free agent pool. Van Opstal and Arana joined fellow former Green Archers Rico Maierhofer and Mike Cortez on the team.
With that said, the team could release Pringle and target Jeron Teng in the upcoming draft. Other notables include Kiefer Ravena, Ray Parks and Christian Standhardinger.
Sy even went to the extent of adding Raphael Banal, last year’s top pick in the regular draft, into the mix for Batang Pier recent acquisition Jonathan Grey.
“All of these are just suggestions. Things can change in the negotiating table. I just want to rebuild the team as soon as possible,” added Sy. – Victor Adea