PBA: Shock move to Ginebra has Meralco a little disappointed in Dillinger

Paul Lintag on May 31, 2019 10:09 PM
PBA: Shock move to Ginebra has Meralco disappointed in JD
The Bolts put the injured Dillinger in their unrestricted free agent list and the Gin Kings just signed him up since he was free.

One of the big surprises in the PBA Friday was Brgy. Ginebra actually landing the services of now former Meralco forward Jared Dillinger.

The Bolts put the injured Dillinger in their unrestricted free agent list and the Gin Kings just signed him up since he was free.

However, Meralco says that the whole Dillinger situation could have been handled way better.

“I was a little bit surprised because we allowed Jared to go to the States for treatment. Before the season started he came back and he said, ‘I can’t start running for at least two months’ so since we knew he couldn’t play, we had a gentleman’s agreement with him that we can put him in the unrestricted list and as soon as he’s ready to play, we’ll just place him back to the lineup again,” head coach Norman Black said.

“Let some of the other guys contribute to the team. Anyway, as soon you’re ready you’re one of our main guys you’ll be back in the mix again,” he added.

Coach Norman admits to being shocked by the move but he understands and is ready to move on because Dillinger was actually an unrestricted free agent.

He was basically allowed to do anything he wanted anyway.

“I was a little bit shocked when I heard today that he has signed with Ginebra,” Black said.

“But it’s his prerogative. It’s an unrestricted free agent, he can basically do what he wants to do. It’s just our point of view and the fact the we talked to him and he did not talk to us before he actually signed with Ginebra. That’s where the disappointment comes in,” he added.

Dillinger is out of action due to a recurring quad injury.

The Gin Kings will be his third team in the PBA after TNT and Meralco. Dillinger was the Tropang Texters’ no. 2 pick in the 2008 Draft behind Gabe Norwood and just before Jason Castro.

He was sent to Meralco in 2013 after winning five titles with TNT, including the Perpetual Championship.

“It’s his choice,” coach Norman said.

“We’ll move one. I’ll just develop some of my younger guys,” he added.

 

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