NorthPort coach Pido Jarencio is willing to let go of injured star guard Stanley Pringle to Barangay Ginebra San Miguel if it means a reunion with his former University of Santo Tomas players.
With injuries suffered by Nico Elorde and Jonathan Grey, the NorthPort are in need of a veteran guard and they want Sol Mercado back as part of the deal as they intend to sustain their good run.
The Batang Pier are sporting a 5-1 record.
Aside from Mercado, Jarencio is looking to have former UST stars – Jervy Cruz and Kevin Ferrer – plug the holes in the middle.
“While we lost an exciting player in Stanley, we will have the experience of Jervy and Solo and the versatility of Kevin,” said Jarencio. “In a sense, we will get bigger.”
Pringle is still recovering from a bone spur surgery on his right foot.
In its statement, NorthPort said: “We thank Stan for five great years. He’s been our sparkplug and we gained prominence because of his gutsy plays and the character he displayed on the court. In some of our games, he even played with pain.”
“I want to have my former UST players, alam nila ang sistema ko,” added Jarencio.