BARANGAY Ginebra is trying to bring in former Los Angeles Lakers center Josh Powell in the next two days in a bid to rescuscitate its flagging campaign in the PBA Commissioner's Cup, a source told Spin.ph.
According to a source, Ginebra is now ironing out the final details of its negotiations with the highly regarded Powell, in the hope of fielding him in as Leon Rodgers' replacement in the team's final three games of the eliminations starting with a match against Meralco on Wednesday.
A separate source bared that the former North Carolina State Wolfpack will arrive either Monday or Tuesday, depending on the outcome of the final negotiations.
“Mahigpit ang impormasyon ngayon. Puro management lang muna ang details. Iniipit nila ang info. Pero mukhang si Powell na nga,” said the source, who bared that Rodgers is still practicing with Ginebra and on standby in case the negotiations with Powell hit a snag.
Ginebra fans should be pleased with the arrival of Powell, judging from their response when his planned hiring was first reported by Spin.ph last week.
A major sticking point in the negotiations is Powell's salary, which is expected considering the two-time NBA champion received a seven-figure compensation in his final year in the NBA in the 2010-2011 season with the Atlanta Hawks.
His last declared salary was at placed at US$854,389 for a year, which was given by his last Chinese Basketball League team, Guangdong Southern Tigers, based on the stats provided by a basketball website.
The maximum salary allowable for PBA imports is US$20,000 a month.
“Maraming demands yung Powell. Yun nga reason why hindi nag work-out yung unang negotiation two weeks ago di ba?” said the source. “Gusto niya ng VIP treatment aside from the high salary.”
Powell is known for his sweet touch and strength inside the paint, as gleaned from his averages of 15 points, 9.9 rebounds and 1.6 assists in his 2014 season with Guangdong.
[See highlight sof his performance with the Olympiacos team in Greece here]
The 31-year old South Carolina native is best remembered for filling in the shoes left by an injured Andrew Bynum in the 2009 and 2010 championship campaign of the Los Angeles Lakers.
Aside from the Lakers and the Hawks, Powell also played for the Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Clippers before he moved to China, Puerto Rico and Greece. He also had stints in Russia and Italy before he joined the NBA in 2005.