TWO former Best Import awardees and potentially exciting finds are set to come in for the season-ending PBA Governors Cup beginning on August 14.
At least six former imports are being eyed for another tour of duty, including former Rain of Shine reinforcements Arizona Reid and Jamelle Cornley who are on the radar of Petron and Globalport, respectively.
There are also new faces including Alaska Aces prospect Wendell McKines, who has earned a reputation as an electrifying scorer who plays like a bigger version of Calvin Abueva.
Reid, the 2011 Governors’ Cup best import, is being considered by Petron while last year’s awardee Cornley has been linked to Globalport.
“Cornley was offered to us. We’re still evaluating. But we’re not in deep negotiations with Jamelle. He was just offered to us. Nothing is final yet,” said Baculi who revealed he still has a long list of other prospects.
A source from Petron disclosed that the coaching staff will decide on import choice as soon as coach Olsen Racela returns from the US next week, but indicated that Reid is high on the list that also included DJ Kennedy, Jimmy Baxter, John Milsap and Bobby Jones.
Air21 Express is bringing back the prolific Zach Graham, while the San Mig Coffee Mixers will again ride on the shoulders of last year’s reinforcement Marqus Blakely.
The Talk n’ Text Tropang Texters will parade NBA D-League Rookie of the Year Tony Mitchell, who played in the last three games of the last Commissioner’s cup semis as a late replacement for Jerome Jordan.
Barangay Ginebra is said to have already agreed in principle with former ABL top scorer Dior Lowhorn, but a source informed Spin.ph that former Houston Rocket Mike Harris is also being considered.
Former Rio Grande Viper Michael Singletary has led Barako Bull to first place in Group B in the ongoing 2nd Al Shabab international basketball tournament in Dubai, and will most likely be tapped for the season-ending tournament by the George Chua franchise.
So far only Rain or Shine, which has also reportedly sent an offer sheet to Reid, and Meralco Bolts, reportedly trying to bring back Mario West, are still without import.
Here’s a quick rundown of the possible imports for the Governors Cup.
1 Alaska Aces – Wendell McKines (confirmed)
2. Barangay Ginebra Kings – Dior Lowhorn
3. San Mig Coffee Mixers – Marqus Blakely (confirmed)
4. Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters – Tony Mitchell (confirmed)
5. Rain or Shine – negotiating with Arizona Reid
6. Petron Blaze Boosters – negotiating with Arizona Reid
7. Barako Bull Energy Cola – Michael Singletary
8. Meralco Bolts – Mario West
9. Air21 Express – Zach Graham (confirmed)
10. Globalport Batang Pier – still evaluating list