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    MVP camp pursuing option to bring in Serbian coach for TNT

    Dec 11, 2022
    nenad vucinic, tab baldwin, rajko toroman, mark dickel
    PHOTO: Jerome Ascano

    CHICAGO - After Tab Baldwin, Mark Dickel, and Nenad Vucinic, the MVP camp is looking to bring in another foreign coach.

    Days after news leaked that the MVP bloc is planning to shuffle its coaching talents to allow current TNT head coach Chot Reyes to temporarily leave his spot at the flagship franchise and focus exclusively on Gilas Pilipinas, another option has emerged and sources said it may supplant previous plans.

    [READ: MVP bloc planning rigodon of PBA coaches]

    Multiple sources told SPIN.ph that the powerhouse PBA bloc that is also at the helm of the Gilas Pilipinas program is trying to sign a Serbian coach to take over the helm at TNT next year once Reyes takes a leave from his PBA duties.

    The timeline is to bring in the foreign coach by January, a source said.

    Given the current ban on foreign coaches working in the PBA, it's not clear what the new hire's official designation will be, although some teams, TNT included, have skirted the rule by putting them in 'active consultant' roles.

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      The identity of the Serbian has been kept under wraps until he signs the contract. But SPIN.ph can confirm that it is not Nenad Vucinic, who briefly worked as Gilas acting coach and Meralco consultant this season.

      Hiring foreigners for coaching positions is nothing new to the MVP camp, which in the past has brought in Baldwin, Dickel, Nenad, and Rajko Toroman to the country, either for its PBA teams or for the national team.

      [LIST: Foreign coaches who took on PBA consultant roles]

      Before that, two foreigners in Bill Bayno and Paul Woolpert also served as TNT 'active consultants.'

      If the plan pushes through, sources said it will likely take precedence over another option to move Norman Black from Meralco to TNT to cover for Black and let his longtime assistant Luigi Trillo take over the Bolts.

      Reyes, sources bared, will make the official announcement once the deal is signed.

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