GARY David’s agent Danny Espiritu has denied talk that the five-time PBA scoring champion is on his way to Barangay Ginebra.
But the outspoken player agent said he won’t be surprised if Ginebra management comes knocking on the door of the veteran gunner, adding he believes David is exactly the type the PBA's most popular franchise badly needs.
“Tingin ko kasi ang katulad ni Gary ang kulang pa sa ngayon sa Ginebra, yung shooter na veteran. He can guide the younger players sa team,” said Espiritu, saying a shooter like David can thrive in coach Tim Cone's triangle offense.
“Kilala naman ng lahat si Gary, pag nagamit mo siya ng mabuti, he can be an asset. He is still one of the deadliest shooters in the league today,” he added.
But the agent, who handles more than a hundred PBA players, expressed apprehension that David might not be in the radar of Ginebra head coach Tim Cone.
“Baka kasi hindi rin gusto ni Tim o baka nagpapanalo rin kasi ang Ginebra kaya hindi pa sila gumagalaw. Hindi natin alam,” he said.
“Alam naman ng Ginebra na pwede nilang pick-upin si Gary anytime dahil free agent na yan. Makukuha nila nang walang kapalit yan,” he said. “Ang sayang dyan is kung magbago isip ng Meralco at ibalik siya sa protected list. Yun, may kapalit na siya nun.”
The surplus of players on the guard spot at Ginebra is another reason why Espiritu believes the Kings’ management is not taking advantage of David's free agency.
“Ang dami rin kasing players ng Ginebra. So pag kinuha nila si Gary, mapipilitan silang magbawas. Hindi talaga totoo yung balita na kinukuha siya ng Ginebra,” he said.
As of the moment, Espiritu also bared that negotiations with Mahindra Enforcers, the most aggressive in acquiring the Dinalupihan, Bataan pride, remains on hold as both sides are far from sealing a final deal.
“May inaayos pa kasi ang Mahindra eh. Kaya gustong gusto man nila, di pa nila makuha si Gary,” he said.
The other team in pursuit of David, Blackwater Elite, has not made any offer.
While idle, David has been regularly undergoing training and physical conditioning at Focus Athletics to keep his body in top shape.
“Ayaw ko mawala sa kundisyon katawan ko, kaya nagte-training pa rin ako, kahit wala akong laro. Mahirap yung bigla kang may call-up tapos wala ka sa kundisyon,” said David.
The 37-year old former Gilas Pilipinas guard is also setting up a basketball clinic in his neighborhood in Montgomery in Quezon City to keep himself busy aside from playing daily pick-up games in their village.
“Para sa mga bata lang 'yun sa village namin. Gusto ko sanang buksan para sa iba pang kids kaso gusto ko muna subukan sa lugar namin. Gusto ko kasi personal kong tutukan at tuturuan mga bata. Halos one-on-one training kasi ang gagawin ko run,” said David.