The long-rumored move of NorthPort superstar Stanley Pringle to Brgy. Ginebra finally became a reality after both teams agreed on a deal and was subsequently approved by the PBA after a minor revision.
The original trade package of the Batang Pier consisted of Pringle and the team’s 2020 first round pick in exchange for the Gin Kings trio of Sol Mercado, Jervy Cruz and Kevin Ferrer.
Upon review by the league’s trade committee, the draft pick was taken out of the equation and the deal was then approved.
NorthPort head coach Pido Jarencio immediately came to the defense of the move, claiming that it was necessitated by a spate of injuries that suddenly befell the team.
“Unang-una, wala kaming player eh. Bukas walo lang ang maglalaro dahil maraming injured kaya nag-request ako ng player,” said the once Brgy. Ginebra player.
Jarencio was referring to Nico Elorde who just diagnosed with a hamstring injury while Jonathan Grey has been declared out for the season due to a torn patellar tendon.
While the loss of Pringle was a major blow to the team in terms of scoring, Jarencio said the addition of Mercado, Ferrer and Cruz will instantly strengthen the team’s backcourt rotation.
“Yung mga kinuha naman namin, unang-una, dating player ko yung dalawa, si Jervy at si Kevin tapos isasama ko na si Sol para may point guard pa na isa dahil si Elorde, injured eh. It will take like four weeks para maka-recover ang hamstring niya.”