LIKE a good soldier, NorthPort coach Pido Jarencio would rather dwell on the present and not speculate on the what-ifs.
Take for example the case of Greg Slaughter possibly coming over and becoming a Batang Pier.
“Hindi ko puwedeng sagutin iyan dahil ispekulasyon iyan,” Jarencio said when asked of the possibility.
“Basta ako, kung ano at sino nandiyan iyon ang ta-trabahuhin ko,” added Jarencio. “Iyung kung nandiyan si Slaughter, hindi ko masasagot dahil nga di pa nangyayari.”
Usually reliable sources have earlier confirmed to Malaya-Business Insight a trade proposal from Ginebra that will send Slaughter and rookie draft pick Jerrick Balanza to NorthPort in exchange for Christian Standhardinger.
However, the supposedly “done deal” was sidetracked by Slaughter announcing through social media over the weekend that he is taking a break from basketball.
The possibility of the trade pushing through now depends on whether Slaughter would be talked out of his decision.
Ginebra coach Tim Cone said he is set to talk to Slaughter and the player’s agent once he returns from the US, where the multi-titled tactician is vacationing with his family.
Jarencio denied any knowledge of such trade talks while insisting he is ready to work with whatever is handed to him by management.
“Alam n’yo naman ako, kahit bago mag-umpisa conference, nasa middle of the conference o patapos na conference tra-trabahuhin ko kung sino ibigay sa akin ng management, kung sino nandito sa team ko,” Jarencio said.
Jarencio has already proven that in the last two conferences where NorthPort wound up second in the Commissioner’s Cup eliminations and realized an initial semifinals stint in the Governors Cup.
The Batang Pier managed those finishes despite player movements that saw the likes of last year’s scoring champion Stanley Pringle, Joseph Gabayni and Lervyn Flores moving out and Sol Mercado, Kevin Ferrer, Jervy Cruz and Russell Escoto coming over.
Escoto has been shipped to San Miguel Beer in exchange for Kelly Nabong last month.
It marked a return trip to NorthPort for Nabong, who suited up for the Mikee Romero-owned ballclub from 2013-15, giving Jarencio another big man to complement Standhardinger, Jervy Cruz and Bradwy Guinto.
“Nag-No. 1 kami sa rebounding isang conference na nandoon pa si Nabong sa amin,” related Jarencio. “Kaya with him back meron pa kaming dagdag na pang-gitna.”