BARANGAY Ginebra is tapping the services of Drew Crawford, son of veteran NBA referee Dan Crawford, as its import for the PBA Governors’ Cup.
Gin Kings coach Tim Cone confirmed they are not pushing through with their original plan to bring back Othyus Jeffers, saying it was a management decision.
“I think all the guys liked him and I had a great relationship with him, but management just felt we needed a guy that could take us to the next level,” said the two-time grand slam winner.
The Gin Kings are hoping they have found the right fit in the 25-year-old Crawford, a listed 6-foot-5 wingman, who they expect to be perfect for the Gin King’s Triangle Offense.
“He plays much like Othyus,” Cone admitted. “I scouted him in the Summer League for the last two years. I know him fairly well, saw him play a couple of times and I think he will fit on what we do.”
Crawford, who went undrafted in the 2014 NBA Draft and last played in the Israel league for Bnei Herzliya, is expected to arrive within the week.
“We don’t have a confirmed date yet when he is coming in but we have seven weeks, so it’s not much urgent to bring him,” Cone said. “But the earlier he is in, the better it is for us, because we have a complicated system and we’re bringing in variations within it, so we will need him around to be there.”