GINEBRA import Leon Rodgers has been put on stand-by as the team stepped up its search for a replacement in a bid to revive its flagging campaign in the PBA Commissioner's Cup, his agent said on Saturday.
Rodgers' agent Sheryl Reyes said the import has already been notified by no less than active Ginebra assistant coach Juno Sauler that the team is looking for someone to take his place.
“Coach (Juno Sauler) spoke to him (Rodgers) and explained the situation. Leon respects coach Juno for being man enough to tell him (that he’s being replaced),” Reyes told Spin.ph.
However, Reyes said Ginebra did not rule out the possibility that Rodgers would still play in the Kings' next outing against Meralco on Wednesday should the team fail to bring in a replacement in time.
“The decision has been made but they are just waiting for the new replacement (import),” Reyes said.
Reyes declined to name who Ginebra is pursuing, although the name of former Los Angeles Lakers back-up big man Josh Powell is once again being floated around by persons with inside knowledge of the situation.
Ginebra insiders had earlier revealed that Powell has "priced himself out of the market."
Rodgers has averaged 30.3 points, 10.1 rebounds and 2.6 assists in his first six games in the pro league - four of which Ginebra lost to stand on the brink of elimination.
The 6-5 Rodgers sat out for much of the fourth period in Ginebra’s most recent game on Wednesday against Air21 before being sent back with four seconds to go and the Kings in need of a game-tying basket.
The 33-year-old Rodgers, however, missed a shot at redemption by flubbing a jumper at the buzzer.
Ginebra has three games remaining in its elimination schedule, starting with Meralco on Wednesday, followed by matches against Alaska (April 13) and Rain or Shine (April 20).
The former Northern Illinois standout still joined the team’s practice on Saturday morning at the Green Meadows in Libis, Quezon City, where he was accidentally elbowed in the ribs during the tail end of the scrimmage.
Reyes, though, said the injury was nothing serious.
On the other hand, a member of the Lakers’ back-to-back championships in the 2009 and 2010 seasons, is coming off a stint with the Guangdong South Tigers where he averaged 15.0 points and 9.9 rebounds in 42 games.