MORE than a month after becoming an unrestricted free agent, two-time PBA MVP Danny Ildefonso finally found a home in Meralco after agreeing to a one conference-pact with the Bolts before the turn of the year.
With the Bolts on a four-game tailspin, coach Ryan Gregorio said the entry of Ildefonso will add the size and experience the team needs to make one last push for the playoffs in the PLDT myDSL-PBA Philippine Cup.
“We signed Danny Ildefonso until the end of the conference,” Gregorio told Spin.ph on Friday morning. "His presence will give us more ceiling and maturity.”
He is set to sign the contract on Friday.
Ildefonso has yet to play competitive basketball since his brief stint during last season’s Governors Cup Finals, where his team for 15 seasons, Petron, lost to San Mig Coffee.
Despite the lack in size, especially when the Bolts missed Fil-Am forward Cliff Hodge for six games and undersized center Reynel Hugnatan played through a sprained ankle, Meralco managed to register three straight wins for the season with victories over Air21, Barangay Ginebra and San Mig Super Coffee.
The Bolts, though, lost steam later on, dropping four straight matches, including a heartbreaking 82-83 decision against Ginebra on Japeth Aguilar’s buzzer-beating three-point shot last week.
Gregorio has yet to confirm as of posting time if Ildefonso will play his first game in a Meralco uniform on Saturday when the Bolts take on Air21 at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The Urdaneta, Pangasinan native played just 14 games the whole of last season, finishing with career-low averages of 1.2 points and 1.5 rebounds.