PUREFOODS Star board governor Rene Pardo said the team is open to letting former Best Import Denzel Bowles play for any of the four PBA teams that can tap reinforcements with no height restriction in the Commissioner’s Cup.
Although no team has yet to make a formal inquiry on the sweet-shooting Bowles, the Purefoods official said that any team interested in signing Bowles can make an official request to the Hotshots, which still hold the rights to the versatile import.
Bowles is best remembered for leading the Purefoods franchise to the 2012 Commissioner’s Cup championship when it was still carrying the B-Meg colors.
Teams that finished in the top eight of the recent Philippine Cup are only allowed to bring in a 6-9 import for the mid-season conference.
Bowles is already done playing for the Jilin Northeast Tigers, who suffered a 3-0 quarterfinal sweep at the hands of the Stephon Marbury-led Beijing Ducks in the Chinese Basketball Association early this week.
The 25-year-old Bowles averaged 22.4 points, 9.6 rebounds and 1.9 assists for the Tigers in the CBA.
On Wednesday, Bowles went on a rant on Twitter, making it clear he is disappointed at not being given the chance to play for Purefoods which is now led by NBA veteran Daniel Orton.
He has since deleted the tweets.
Originally, Purefoods Star wanted to bring back Bowles for a third tour of duty in the Commissioner’s Cup, but the American forward/ center is officially listed at 6-10 &1/2 at the PBA office.
Bowles claimed in one tweet that he holds a PBA document attesting that he's only 6-9.
“Gusto siya talaga ni Tim. Katunayan ipapadala pa nga si Richard (del Rosario, Purefoods assistant coach), sa China nun, di lang natuloy dahil sa problema sa visa kasi susukatan nga sana siya uli dun,” added the Hotshots team executive.
Eventually, the Hotshots tapped the shorter Marqus Blakely as stand-in import while waiting for Orton, who by now looked like the man for Purefoods given his impressive debut.
For the time being, NLEX team manager Ronald Dulatre declined to comment on the possibility of replacing current import Al Thornton.
The Road Warriors are coming off a 87-62 beating at the hands of the Hotshots who rode an impressive debut by Orton, whose had 16 points, 11 rebounds, three assists and three blocks against the Thornton-led Road Warriors.