DESPITE being dragged in the trade mill once again, Globalport veteran shooter Gary David chose to focus on his stint with Gilas Pilipinas especially with the Fiba-Asia Men’s Championship just two weeks from now.
“Lagi naman may balitang ganyan eh,” David told Spin.ph over the weekend, referring to trade talks that once more involved his name.
“Pero para sa akin, focused lang muna ako sa Fiba-Asia preparation namin.”
The 6-foot-2 David arrived Saturday midnight along with the rest of the Gilas national squad from New Zealand where it played a series of tune-up games for the past 10 days.
The shooting guard out of Lyceum said with 10 days to go before the Fiba-Asia meet kicks off at the Mall of Asia Arena, his own career direction is the least of his worries considering the national team is aiming hard to land a spot in next year’s World Basketball Championship in Spain.
“Di ko na muna iniisip `yun kung mag-stay ba ako sa Globalport or malilipat ako sa ibang team. Matagal pa naman ang simula ng PBA. So ngayon, importante eh `yung mga adjustments na lang na gagawin namin sa Gilas ang focus ko,” explained David, who just turned 35 last week.
David was supposed to be the centerpiece of a trade involving Globalport and Air21 in a news first reported by Spin.ph Friday.
Under the supposed deal, the high-scoring guard would be traded along with Globalport rookie AJ Mandani to Air21 in exchange for playmaker Mike Cortez and the playing rights for the injured Rob Reyes plus a future second-round pick.
However, sources said the deal was nipped in the bud after Air21 coach Franz Pumaren stepped in, pointing out that trading Cortez would leave the Express without a player to man the point guard position.