STANLEY Pringle said his decision to play in the PBA is "not about the money" as he shrugged off reports of a contract dispute in initial talks with GlobalPort, which owns the top pick overall in Sunday's draft.
“Money? issue? I don’t think so. I am already here in the draft (rookie camp), I don’t think it will be an issue,” Pringle reiterated in between drills at the Gatorade Draft Combine at the Hoops Center in Mandaluyong City.
In fact, Pringle bared that he has already held talks with GlobalPort management, including team owner Mikee Romero who watched the NCAA All-Star game last weekend with the consensus top pick overall.
“No rift. We just really got to know each other, it wasn’t about no rift or anything like that. We just sat down and watched a college game, an All-Star game,” he said.
GlobalPort officials had earlier been turned off by demands from agents representing Pringle who, they said, had wanted a salary that was well beyond the league maximum of P150,000 a month for rookies.
However, the 27-year-old native of Virginia said that wasn't even discussed in his meetings with GlobalPort officials.
“Honestly, that was in the news, in the articles, I didn’t hear anything about it (directly from GlobalPort officials) besides that. Nobody called me to say anything about it,” he said.
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Asked if he has a good relationship with GlobalPort officials, especially Romero, Pringle nodded.
“Yeah, I am in good relationship with them. Definitely,” he said.
Meanwhile, Pringle is optimistic that Globalport will make him the top overall pick of the 2014 draft, which is set on Sunday at the Robinsons Place in Ermita, Manila.
“I hope they (GlobalPort) draft me. I hope so, we’ll see. I want to show them what I got,” he said, his smile partly concealed by his long beard.
GlobalPort head of basketball operations Erick Arejola told Spin.ph the team is already locked on Pringle after Romero's meeting with the former Penn State standout.
“They already talked last Saturday. I think, Boss Mikee found him to be a nice person aside from him being a very explosive player,” Arejola said. “Pringle is a very good addition to our team.”