TIM Cone on Thursday broke his silence on his reported move from Star to sister team Barangay Ginebra, saying it is 'possible' while making it clear he has not been informed of any such plans.
Talk has been going around for weeks that the most successful coach in history will be tasked by San Miguel Corp. management to pump life back into a Ginebra team that has not won a championship in eight seasons.
That would lead to the departure of current Ginebra coach Frankie Lim after just one conference in charge and a vacancy at Star which, although not yet official, was supposed to be filled by Jason Webb.
Speaking to Spin.ph from Las Vegas where he is on a scouting trip in the NBA Summer League, Cone said he has not been in touch with management and therefore not informed of any such move.
"The Ginebra rumors? I'm in the US scouting the NBA Summer League and so I have not been communicating with management," said Cone, who led Purefoods (now Star) to a first grand slam two seasons ago.
"If there are discussions of that, I've not been informed," he added.
Asked if SMB management can transfer him to Ginebra without his consent since he is under contract with Star, Cone said he isn't sure but made it clear he will follow any directive from SMC top honcho Ramon S. Ang.
"I serve at the pleasure of the president, Mr. Ang, and I'll follow whatever direction he chooses," said Cone. "It's possible, but nothing has been said to me."
Cone indicated he expects the situation to clear up when he returns on July 21.