David to boost Meralco's scoring, says coach
MANILA – Meralco coach Ryan Gregorio welcomed the addition of Gary David to the squad, saying the former GlobalPort shooting guard will boost their shooting arsenal.
“Gary gives us a legitimate scoring threat. He is great in transition, solid off-screen and he can manufacture his own points,” said Gregorio in the league website.
The Bolts were close to making it to the PBA Governors’ Cup finals, but yielded to San Mig Coffee in the semis.
Gregorio believes David might be the missing piece of their puzzle.
“His leadership can also help us in our desire to finish better than No. 3 in the next conference. Despite his age, he has proven time and again that he still has a lot of good years ahead of him. We are happy to have him on board.”
Gregorio said the trade, which also involved GlobalPort’s AJ Mandani, Meralco’s Chris Ross, and Chris Timberlake, will be beneficial to both the Batang Pier and the Bolts.
“We need a solid scorer and a veteran in Gary David while they are preparing for a solid future and they believe that Chris Ross holds the key,” said the Meralco coach.
Aside from trading Ross and Timberlake, the Bolts also gave up their second round pick in 2016 and 2017 to the Batang Pier.
PBA Commissioner Chito Salud approved the trade Friday afternoon.