A FRESH one-year contract awaits veteran Joe Devance at Barangay Ginebra once he returns to the country from a well-deserved US vacation.
The Kings offered the 35-year-old big man the short-term deal, but declined to make details available. The camp of Devance sees no problem signing the contract upon his arrival in Manila.
“Andiyan lang 'yung offer, pero pipirma rin 'yun. Nasa States pa lang siya ngayon,” said Danny Espiritu, who represents the 6-foot-7 Fil-Am from Honolulu, Hawaii.
Devance again played a key role in Barangay Ginebra's successful defense of its PBA Governors Cup title against Meralco, where he had the thankless task of trying to contain back-to-back Best Import Allen Durham.
However, the 35-year-old is coming off a long-delayed surgery to remove bone spurs on his left foot that had hampered his movement for the last three years.
With the league’s 43rd season just around the corner, Ginebra coach Tim Cone believes his most trusted player, whom he’d won championships with at Alaska, Star, all the way with the Kings, might miss the most part of the Philippine Cup.
“The only thing that concerns us right now is the injury to Joe (Devance),” said Cone. “He finally had a much needed surgery after three years.”
The Kings only began training camp last week after taking about a month off since winning the season-ending championship before a record Game 7 crowd of 54,000 at the Philippine Arena.
Cone said he plans to do two-a-day practices’to quickly get the Kings back in shape since majority of the other teams have already been practicing for more than a month now.