In what was a blockbuster of a deal, the Ginebra Gin Kings are set to receive Stanley Pringle in exchange for Sol Mercado, Kevin Ferrer, Jervy Cruz, and a first-round draft pick.
With the Tim Cone-mentored squad middling with a 3-3 card, it’s clear that they are looking to upgrade their personnel especially with some of their key players getting up there with age.
Which is why adding a player with Stanley Pringle’s caliber would surely do wonders for Ginebra in the long run, all they need to do is to make sure that he’s healthy and ready to go.
Today, FOX Sports Philippines takes a preview on how Stanley Pringle will fit in with the league’s most popular ballclub.
Time with NorthPort
Despite being hobbled with injuries lately, Pringle has been one of the Batang Pier’s main threats for the past few years, particularly on the offensive end. Not only does he hold up on his end, but he has also shown the capability of playing with fellow stars in Sean Anthony and Terrence Romeo and up-and-coming guys like Robert Bolick and Mo Tautuaa — who have been playing well also this season.
His highest scoring performance came in last year’s Commissioner’s Cup when he tallied a 50-point outburst against the Columbian Dyip. It was the first time for a local player to reach such a milestone in 14 years.
From time to time, he would also serve as the designated naturalized player for Gilas Pilipinas. His leadership and boundless offensive arsenal have added depth to the national team’s pool. If only he were considered as a local, there’ll be no doubt that he’ll be a mainstay for the foreseeable future.
Fit with Ginebra?
The former number one pick will surely bolster the Gin Kings backcourt who currently have LA Tenorio and Scottie Thompson to man the playmaking duties. Pringle will not only do that, but he can also complement the aforementioned, adding another wrinkle to Coach Tim Cone’s rotation.
Prior to the trade, it has been a while since Ginebra has had an explosive guard on offense since Jayjay Helterbrand and Mark Caguioa in their primes. Stanley Pringle adds speed, athleticism, scoring, and leadership for the Gin Kings, making their rabid fans salivating to see him in action soon.