With only 4 game days remaining before the start of the quarterfinals, the Mahindra Enforcers emerged as the top contender to get the service of the veteran shooter that could bolster their uphill climb in the eliminations.
And now that Meralco, David’s former team, and Mahindra match-up is over, the transfer deal might be rolling soon.
“Siguro ngayon pwede na mag-usap kasi tapos na ‘yung laban,” said Mahindra team manager Eric Pineda, moments after they lost a heartbreaker at the expense of Meralco, 94-86 on Sunday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
After being placed under unrestricted free agency list by the Bolts, David got the interest of the 8th seed Enforcers, alongside Blackwater.
But with Elite already out of the playoff picture, David’s chance to play for another team in this mid-season conference could be a reality as long as Meralco and Mahindra talks will go smoothly –a possibility that assistant coach Chito Victolero is excited about.
“Sana matuloy sa amin pero wala sa kamay ko ‘yun, nasa management na ‘yun kung ano magiging decision nila,” said Victolero.
Victolero, a former teammate of David in FedEx back in 2005, sees no problem with them getting the services of “El Granada” as they seek to secure a playoff berth in the crucial stretch of the eliminations.
“Regarding kung makakatulong si Gary, walang question doon, because of his talent and pagiging beterano,” said Victolero. “Malaking tulong kasi he knows how to play in the playoffs, he knows how to win.”
The assistant coach also believes that if ever David joins Mahindra, he will easily adapt to the system.
“Kung sa amin man mapunta, or kung makapunta agad siya, madali namang mag-adjust yan kasi beterano siya,” he said. – By Jason Mercene
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