SAN Mig fans want Denzel Bowles. The Mixers just might bring him back.
In an interview with Spin.ph, San Mig governor Rene Pardo bared that they are now in the final stage of negotiations with the youthful, gangling import that brought them their last PBA championship.
Team manager Alvin Patrimonio is the one designated to talk to the US-based agent of Bowles, who endeared himself to fans with his outstanding play during the Mixers' conquest of the Commissioner' Cup title last season.
“Merun na kaming intial offers sa kanila eh, ang hinihintay na lamang naming yung medical profile niya at yung clearance from China,” said Pardo who is aware of Bowles’ strained knee suffered in China.
Bowles injured his knee during an aborted stint with the Zhejiang Golden Bulls in the Chinese Basketball Association, but reports from the US said he has since fully recovered.
“Nasa US na si Denzel eh dun nagpagamot. Kaya we want his medical report. Aside from that he still has a contract in China, kaya sabi ko I need a clearance (from the CBA),” mentioned Pardo.
Pardo also revealed that San Mig coach Tim Cone has a long list of import prospects which they can revisit if Bowles cannot submit the two required documents.
“Si Bowles talaga ang priority namin. Pero dahil sa US nag-aaral ang anak ni coach Tim, he keeps track of certain imports. May updated list si coach, lagi kasi siya sa US," said Pardo.
The ever-accommodating San Miguel official also told Spin.ph that they want to seal a deal with Bowles by this week or at least in the first few days of January.
“If we come to terms with Bowles, we want him here second week of January”, he added.
Action of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup will kick off on February 8.