Winless after the first three games in the PBA Governors’ Cup, Blackwater is now pinning its hopes on NBA veteran Henry Walker, who will be coming in to replace the injured Trevis Simpson.
Blackwater team manager Johnson Martinez said they have come to terms with the sweet-shooting Walker and are simply waiting for the official release papers of the former Miami Heat wingman late Monday afternoon.
“May agreement na with, pero iba yung hawak ko na yung papeles niya (Walker), so ine-espect namin ngayon yung release papers, mga before 5 or 6 p.m.,” Martinez told FOX Sports on Monday.
The 6-4 Walker needs no introduction to PBA fans, having first played for the Alaska in the 2014 Governors’ Cup, before returning last season to reinforce NLEX.
Martinez said Walker is scheduled to arrive early Wednesday morning and will have a few days to work along with the Elite, before playing on Sunday against the Phoenix Fuel Masters.
A standout from Kansas State University, the 29-year-old Walker was selected 47th overall by the Washington Wizards, but had stints with the Boston Celtics, the New York Knicks, before ending up with the Heat in 2015.
The energetic Walker has appeared in 182 regular season NBA games, owning career averages of 5.9 points, 2.2 rebounds and 0.9 assists in 16.6 minutes per game.
Martinez said Simpson played his last PBA game last weekend, where he was limited to just nine minutes and went scoreless in Blackwater’s 118-93 loss to powerhouse San Miguel Beer in Antipolo.
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