THE import search continues for Phoenix after DeAndre Liggins begged off from being the rookie franchise’s main reinforcement for the PBA Governors’ Cup.
Fuel Masters coach Ariel Vanguardia confirmed the setback on Monday, saying they are forced to look at their other options.
“Liggins decided not to sign, so we’re looking to sign another,” the new Phoenixc coach told Spin.ph in a text message.
The 28-year-old Liggins is not the conventional high-scoring import, carving out a name as a defensive ace in three years in the NBA, eventually plying his trade in the D-League where he became a two-time Defensive Player of the Year.
But the American wingman, listed at 6 feet 6 inches, would’ve been the right fit for the Fuel Masters in the eyes of Vanguardia, who is hoping to secure the services a defensive-minded reinforcement to complement recently signed Asian import Lee Kwan Hee.
“(We’re looking to get a) Liggins type since we signed the Korean,” Vanguardia said.
Phoenix and Tropang TNT are the only teams without signed main imports after first-choice Texters reinforcement Jason Maxiell went over the height limit.