WITH veteran Fil-Am forward Danny Seigle set to join Talk ‘N Text in practice on Wednesday, coach Norman Black has the unenviable task of deciding on who among the five current active Fil-foreign players he will relegate to the reserve list to comply with PBA rules.
Still, Black said he sees it as a "good problem" to have.
"Danny S is a great pick-up for us," said the Talk 'N Text coach as he confirmed a breaking story by Spin.ph on Tuesday that the free agent forward is joining his team on a one-year deal. [For full story, see Many-time All-Star Seigle joining Talk 'N Text on one-year deal]
"It's really hard to pass up a player like Seigle," the multi-titled Black added.
Black, though, will have some tough decisions to make since league rules limit the number of Fil-foreign players on the active roster of teams to five.
The Tropang Texters opened the PBA’s 39th season with five active Fil-foreign players in Jimmy Alapag, Ali Peek, Harvey Carey, Sean Anthony and Kelly Williams. A sixth Fil-foreigner, big man Rob Reyes, is on the injured list and is getting ready to come back.
Contrary to popular perception, Ryan Reyes is considered a homegrown player by the league.
That still means Black will have to drop one of his five active Fil-foreigners to the reserve list to make room for Seigle - a situation he considers not as a dilemma but as an opportunity to add depth to an 'old' team that started the season with injuries to Ranidel de Ocampo and the two Reyeses.
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“"I see it as an opportunity to add depth to our team which for the last few years have been battling injuries." - TnT coach Norman Black on finding a roster spot for newly-signed Danny Seigle
"I don't look at it as a dilemma," said Black. "I see it as an opportunity to add depth to our team which for the last few years have been battling injuries.
"You also have to remember that some of our top players have a lot of kilometers in them, not only because they've been around in the league very long but also because of our commitment to the national team."
Seigle, who turned into a restricted free agent when he failed to reach an agreement with Barako Bull on a contract extension, will practice with the team for the first time on Wednesday but won't be suiting up in the Texters' game against Alaska on Thursday.
“He won’t be activated yet for Thursday’s game because he still has to familiarize with the team’s system,” Talk 'N Text team manager Paolo Trillo told Spin.ph.
However, the roster decision becomes even harder for Black when Rob Reyes, acquired in a recent trade, finally becomes available in mid-December.
Still, Black is looking forward to having Seigle, marking the first time two players who had checkered careers with San Miguel will be finally working together.
Seigle joined San Miguel in 1999, or two years after Black departed as the Beermen's coach.
Asked if he still sees Seigle standing out for the Texters at 37, Black said: "He was a very productive player for Barako Bull last season, so I see no reason why he can't be a big help for us.
"He'll add new dimension to our offense with his low-post game and the other things he can do on the floor, and he also adds depth to our lineup."