Meralco team manager Paolo Trillo denied placing former PBA Scoring champion Gary David at the trading block, just a day after the Bolts management slapped a 1-game suspension on “El Granada”.
Trillo said they are no longer surprised to hear rumors surrounding the 37-year-old former Gilas Pilipinas gunner.
“Of course, every time there’s controversy surrounding a player, we’ll hear that (trade rumors),” Trillo told FOX Sports on Monday.
Trillo said David remains in the Bolts’ active roster, though the future of the sweet-shooting Meralco guard still has to be discussed.
“I’m not saying yes or no (in trading David) but we’ll see how he reacts and approaches the team,” said the Meralco team executive.
However, Trillo, brother of Meralco assistant coach Luigi, reiterated the Bolts’ support on David though he stressed that “sanctions have to be imposed to maintain discipline and alignment with Meralco’s team culture.”
Trillo added that in his recent talk with David, the former Lyceum Pirate said he’s willing to face the consequence of his actions after ranting over his dwindling playing time in the Bolts’ last 2 games.
“I don’t know if he wants to transfer but he didn’t say anything about it,” he said. “But he did say he will take responsibility for his behavior. He also knows he’s a professional.”
The 6-foot-1 David currently averages just 6.5 points in 16.2 minutes of play this conference, his lowest scoring output since his rookie season with Coca-Cola in 2005.
The 4-time PBA Scoring King’s contract expires this August. – By Richard Dy
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