A CONTRACT dispute his previous team in the Hungarian Basketball League forced Barako Bull import Devon Dwayne Chism to go back home after playing just a single tune-up game with the Energy.
The wide-bodied Chism, listed at 6-foot-9 and 245 pounds, gave a good account of himself during the team’s 94-89 win over defending PBA Commissioner’s Cup champion Alaska on Thursday after firing 25 points and grabbing 16 rebounds.
Barako Bull team manager Raffy Casyao on Friday admitted the Energy’s supposed import for the second conference didn't get a release from his former team in Hungary.
“Wala kasi siyang release from the Hungarian team. Kapag ganyan kasi, kailangan (import) ng letter of clearance from Fiba,” said Casyao. “Eh ang sabi sa amin, may ‘contractual obligation’ pa siya sa Hungary.”
As of the moment, Barako Bull is looking for Chism’s replacement with the import-laded tournament set to open on March 5.
Before arriving early this week, the 26-year-old Chism led Kaposvari, his team in the Hungarian basketball league Division A, with his 20.7 points per game average, along with 10.1 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks in 16 games.
Barako Bull coach Bong Ramos said Chism, who once played for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, could have been a good fit for the Energy, given his size and decent shooting touch.
“Puwede siyang singko, kuwatro, or puwede i-tres minsan. Tumira nga ng dalawang tres (three-point shots). Magaling na bata,” said Ramos, shortly after the team’s practice on Friday at the Gatorade Hoops Center.