ANDRAY Blatche's arrival will get a slight hitch as the naturalized player will have to tend first to a court hearing involving the custody of his child.
Gilas Pilipinas head coach Yeng Guiao divulged that the Syracuse-born slotman's initial arrival date of July 8 to 9 was pushed back by a few days, with the team now expecting Blatche to come in either July 12 or 13.
"There's going to be a slight delay," Guiao said on Thursday of the team's naturalized player. "Meron siyang court hearing sa custody case ng anak niya. Aattendan niya muna yun bago siya makalipad dito."
Blatche's handlers in the US told Guiao that the hearing was initially scheduled for July 23, but his lawyers have sought an appeal to hold the case at an earlier date.
"His lawyers found a way to advance it para makarating siya dito agad," said Guiao.
Blatche's arrival will be timed with the stretch of Gilas Pilipinas' preparations for the 2019 Fiba World Cup come August in China as Guiao is set to name his final 14-man pool on Monday.
"We want that as soon as Andray comes in, we have 13 to 14 players na. Pang-15 siya and that's the team we'll work with," he said. "Lumalapit na yung World Cup, so kailangan na to bring together the team."