OBVIOUSLY lacking firepower, Mahindra hopes to get one from the man they call ‘El Granada.’
The Floodbuster expressed interest in tapping the services of veteran unrestricted free agent Gary David in a bid to perk up an offense that struggled to find points during their PBA Philippine Cup debut against GlobalPort.
A person close to the 38-year-old David said the three-year-old franchise already inquired about the availability of the four-time league scoring champion, who was not renewed by San Miguel prior to the start of the new season.
Although nothing is cast in stone yet, David has been told to report at the team’s training facility at Azure Urban Resort and Residences by no less than lead deputy coach Chris Gavina.
David did show up Monday during the team's practice and later talked to Gavina.
The Floobuster have a game against Rain or Shine on Wednesday, but would not likely see action upon his request, since according to him, his timing is still a bit off.
If ever, David’s previous huge contract could be a stumbling block that needs to be resolved. The native of Dinalupihan, Bataan was a max player receiving P420,000 monthly salary with the Beermen before the team decided not to offer him a contract renewal.
But the source said David has expressed willingness to accept a pay cut if given another chance to play for another team in the pro league.
For sure, Mahindra needs all the help it could get.
Without a certified go-to-guy, the Floodbuster struggled in their first game against the Batang Pier, falling behind early, 13-0, from which they never recovered. The deficit reached its peak at 61-34 midway through the third period en route to a 97-75 loss.
Alex Mallari, acquired in the trade that sent Aldrech Ramos to Star, led the way for Mahindra with 17 points and nine rebounds.
Ramos was among the key Mahindra players from last year’s playoff team which the franchise dealt to other ballclubs during the off-season. Also gone from the team this season were KG Canaleta (Globalport), Bradwyn Guinto (NLEX), and Paolo Taha (Barangay Ginebra).
Only LA Revilla, Mark Yee, Michael Digregorio, and Jason Ballesteros remained with the team until this season.