Stanley Pringle has been traded to the Barangay Ginebra Kings for Solomon Mercado, Kevin Ferrer and Jervy Cruz.  



So here are the stats of the four players right before they were switched.


So after getting Jared Dillinger, the Kings traded for Stanley Pringle. The conspiracy theorist in me says that the Kings are doing this to acquire Bobby Ray Parks. If you follow online narratives, Parks allegedly wants to play for Ginebra, which is why he signed a short, two-conference deal with the Blackwater Elite.

But okay, let’s assume that Ginebra wants Pringle because he is an F’N scoring machine. In some ways, he could stunt the growth of Scottie Thompson. The thing about the Ginebra hardcourt hero is yes, he is a great rebounder for his size BUT Ginebra has been exposed for almost two conferences now that they don’t really have a go-to-scorer. Greg Slaughter hasn’t been the dominant player that June Mar Fajardo is and Japeth Aguilar can get his numbers by just becoming a fierce inside presence. Ginebra, during the peak of Mark Caguioa and Jayjay Helterbrand, heavily relied on their backcourt. LA Tenorio is more of a facilitator and Art de la Cruz is just starting to learn the Ginebra scheme of things.

So yeah, having an offensive powerhouse like Pringle could do wonders in giving Justin Brownlee less stress… and giving the Kings a key scoring option in the backcourt (especially when his injury properly heals up).

But yeah, I still think Ginebra is going to use him as bait in the Ray Parks’ sweepstakes.


2019 PHL CUP | 19.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 4.7 assists, 2.6 steals and 0.3 blocks in 11 games 
2019 COM CUP | 14.5 points, 2.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 0.5 steals in 2 games 


Back in 2016, the PBA had a special draft for the Gilas Pilipinas cadets. Sure, Von Pessumal and Arnold Van Opstal (who has since left the league), as well as Mike Tolomia and Ed Daquioag, have switched spots a couple of seasons ago, this is the first time that a 2016 PBA Draft special rounder is traded to another team without a special rounder in return.

And basically, he’s the most important part of this deal.

Jervy Cruz will be an important second stringer for Northport. Sure, the former UST Growling Tiger is notorious for being a liability in a big import conference, perhaps Pido can restore the awesomeness of Cruz during the days when he handled him. Problem is though, Jarencio over the years have tried to re-start the careers of Dylan Ababou, Jeric Teng and Jeric Fortuna to no avail. So I guess we should forget about his offense and let it simmer that Northport’s big guys consist of Sean Anthony, Mo Tautuaa, Lervin Flores and Joseph Gabayni apart from import Prince Ibeh. The latter two players are seldom used which makes Cruz a good player to boost their bench mob.

I guess Jarencio is going to help Solomon Mercado find his confidence. Once a scoring juggernaut of Pringle-like proportions, he has since transformed into a Ron Harper-type of a player when he entered Tim Cone’s system. Now that Mercado has distanced himself from the notoriety of retiring without a title (poor Gary David and Wynne Arboleda), perhaps it’s time for the Sol Train to return to his scoring awesomeness. He may not be the player he once was but the 35-year-old will find more opportunities in Northport than with the Kings.

And now, Kevin Ferrer.

The thing I hate about being in a cadet system is that superstars are converted into role players. We have seen Ababou going from a top draft prospect into a so-so second stringer after his stint with Smart-Gilas and there was a time when Ferrer was being upstaged by ugh… Aljon Mariano. True that Mariano is playing fewer minutes than Ferrer and his numbers are slightly better.

With a plethora of talent in the SG and SF spots, I think Ferrer is better off in Northport.

As mentioned, Jarencio needs Ferrer to re-discover his offensive awesomeness. The 26-year-old needs to stop acting like a role player and become a star people envisioned. Ferrer can play multiple positions and could even be a good starter in case they need to pad size at the wing spots.


2019 PHL CUP | 7.0 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 0.5 steals and 0.1 blocks in 14 games 
2019 COM CUP | 3.8 points, 1.8 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 0.2 steals and 0.3 blocks in 6 games 


2019 PHL CUP | 5.6 points, 2.9 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 0.9 steals and 0.2 blocks in 14 games 
2019 COM CUP | 6.7 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 0.3 steals and 0.3 blocks in 6 games 


2019 PHL CUP | 3.9 points, 2.1 rebounds, 0.6 assists and 0.1 blocks in 7 games 
2019 COM CUP | NO STATS in 2 games 

I know Pringle will make Ginebra awesome. That’s a given. But I think Northport wins this deal. Unlike the Anthony Davis trade, Ginebra is still loaded with options. In some ways, I am happy that the league vetoed the extra first-round choice because it would make the trade imba in favor of Ginebra.

Also, Northport’s roster at the moment consists of Anthony, Tautuaa, Flores, Gabayni, Ferrer, Mercado, Jervy Cruz and backcourt guys like Jonathan Grey, Paolo Taha, Nico Elorde, Garvo Lanete, Ryan Arana, and rookie phenom Robert Bolick. OF COURSE, Northport will get a boost with these players in their side.

Northport is on top at the moment and it’s kind of like an anomaly. While these new finds could disrupt team chemistry, here’s to hoping the former Ginebra players could rise up from the challenge.



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