San Miguel Beer import Josh Boone could be playing his first and last game on Friday night if he fails to impress when the new-look Beermen debut against the Meralco Bolts in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
According to a report posted by online sports site RealGM, NBA veteran Kevin Jones has left his D-League club to join the Beermen in the Philippines even before Boone could make his debut for the team.
The online report said Jones, who spent a part of last season with the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA, has already left D-League side Canton Charge with the intention of signing with the Beermen soon.
Sought for confirmation by Spin.ph, newly appointed San Miguel coach Biboy Ravanes neither confirmed nor denied the report, saying Boone remains the team's import until management decides otherwise.
“Josh Boone is our player until we say otherwise,” Ravanes told Spin.ph on Friday. “Any other personnel questions can be directed to management.”
Team insiders admitted the 6-9 Boone, who played four seasons for the New Jersey Nets in the NBA, is struggling to regain top form after a long layoff due to a knee injury last year.
In the team’s only pre-conference tuneup game against Barako Bull which San Miguel lost, 110-114, Boone scored just 16 points and was totally outplayed by counterpart Josh Dollard.
The former member of the 2004 US NCAA champions Connecticut Huskies is set to debut on Friday evening against the Bolts, where he’ll be ranged against Meralco’s reinforcement Brian Butch.
On how he'll fare in that game will most likely dictate his fate with the Beermen.
According to RealGM, Jones’ NBA D-League stats include 16.9 points and 8.0 rebounds in 30.5 minutes per game for the Canton Charge.
The former West Virginia stalwart also appeared in 32 games with the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2012-13 season where he averaged 3.0 points and 2.4 rebounds in 10.5 minutes a game.