GARY David is headed to San Miguel Beer after a fallout with the Meralco Bolts.
The agent of the sweet-shooting former Lyceum Pirate relayed to SPIN.ph it was David who called him on Thursday morning to inform him of the San Miguel call.
"Hindi ko alam 'yan eh. Bale si Gary ang tumawag sa akin at sinabi nga nya na tumawag daw ang San Miguel," said veteran player agent Danny Espiritu, who represents David.
"Basta masaya siya kanina at sinabi nga na, 'San Miguel na ako. Pero di ko pa alam kung kelan ako pupunta sa practice. Tatawagan na lang daw ako.' Mabuti naman at may team na siya ulit," said Espiritu.
The story was first reported by Randolph Leongson of Inquirer.net.
Asked if the crowded rotation at the two-guard spot at San Miguel will not be a problem for David, especially after his row with Meralco over playing minutes, Espiritu gave his fatherly advice to his ward.
At San Miguel, David will have to fight for playing minutes with Marcio Lassiter, Chris Lutz, Ronald Tubid and Ryan Arana in the two-guard spot.
"Mainam to para ayusin na niya yung buhay nya. Saka hindi dapat siya agad mag-demand dyan kasi diskarte ng coach kung gagamitin ka o hindi. Pero mabait naman 'yang si Gary, hindi naman prima donna yan," said the longtime player agent.
"Saka magandang chance rin yan para kay Gary na ipakita na hindi siya nagde-demand at willing siyang gampanan ang role na pinapagawa sa kanya. Sa San Miguel kasi mas marami siyang karibal," he added.
David, a former scoring champion, was suspended for one game by Meralco after refusing to enter a game and later relegated to the Bolts' unrestricted free agent list.
As an unrestricted free agent, the Dinalupihan, Bataan native can sign with any team, although his maximum salary of P420,000 a month under the terms of his contract with Meralco has posed a problem for other teams that previously tried to sign him.
David's contract with Meralco expires at the end of the season, meaning he will receive the maximum salary even if he has been left out in the cold by his former team.