MAGNOLIA has found its replacement import for Vernon Macklin in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
The Hotshots have tapped the services of Curtis Kelly after Macklin left for a reportedly lucrative deal in the second-tier pro tournament in China.
Magnolia governor Rene Pardo confirmed the development, saying Kelly will arrive on Monday night.
The 30-year-old Kelly, listed at 6 feet 10 inches, played for Connecticut and Kansas Sate in college, but was left undrafted from the 2011 NBA pool and went on to have a journeyman career overseas.
Local star Mark Barroca refused to make an early assessment of their new import, having only seen clips of Kelly on Youtube.
Kelly, who last played in Israel, will have four days of practice to jell with the Hotshots, who return to action on June 2, Saturday, against Rain or Shine at the Smart-Araneta.
The Hotshots have won their last three games, the latest an 81-79 decision against Meralco last Friday, after losing their opening game in the midseason tournament, and are looking to sustain that streak behind Kelly.