A PAIR of NBA veterans and a former PBA import are high on Barako Bull coach Koy Banal’s list as possible reinforcement for the Energy in next month’s Commissioner’s Cup.
Heading Banal’s list is 6-foot-11 Dan Gadzuric, who played 10 seasons in the NBA, notably for the Milwaukee Bucks.
The 36-year-old former UCLA standout could easily provide a solid inside presence for an Energy side that took an early playoff exit in the Philippine Cup owing to the team’s lack of a solid big man inside.
“Beterano na siya (Gadzuric) dahil naglaro na iyan sa NBA, kasi kung kailangan mo ng post presence, veteran na iyan at may leadership,” Banal confided to Spin.ph on Tuesday.
The only drawback in Gadzuric is his age, according to Banal.
“Siyempre, ang downside lang nun is mag-37 na siya, so medyo mabagal na, which is why pinag-i-isipan din naming mabuti,” he added.
Gadzuric had his finest season in the NBA during his third year with the Bucks when he averaged 7.3 points and 8.3 rebounds in 22 minutes of play as support to then Milwaukee superstar Michael Redd.
The 240-pound Gadzuric, who hails from Hague, Netherlands, also suited up for the Golden State Warriors (2010-11), the New Jersey Nets (2011), and the New York Knicks in 2012.
He later played overseas as import for the Jiangsu Dragons in the Chinese Basketball League, before spending his last two years in Venezuela, and most recently, Iran.
A second option for Barako Bull if plans to bring in Gadzurik fail to materialize is to tap wide-bodied Garret Siler, who played for the Phoenix Suns in the 2010-11 season.
Listed at 6-foot-11, Siler is a 305-pound center, who saw action for the Iowa Energy in the NBA D-League, and has been a fixture in China, where he played for the Yao Ming-owned Shanghai Sharks in 2009-10, and the Jiangsu Dragon in 2012-13 seasons.
The third possible import for Barako Bull, according to Banal is Dwayne Jones, who once played for the Powerade Tigers in 2012.
“Definitely, kailangan namin ng energy guy sa team kasi siyempre, di namin alam kelan pa magiging ready si Dorian (Pena), dahil namamaga yung ankle niya before nung last game namin (against Talk ‘N Text in the quarterfinals),” said Banal, whose team placed ninth in the all-Filipino conference with an aggregate 4-8 win-loss record.