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Ginebra import Leon Rodgers unfazed by report of replacement with Gabe Freeman

Sports5/Pranz Kaeno Billones

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Barangay Ginebra San Miguel import Leon Rodgers is unfazed amid reports that he will be replaced as the team’s reinforcement in the PLDT Home TVolution Commissioner’s Cup.

Rodgers’ agent Sheryl Reyes said on Monday that she has been assured by Ginebra coach Alfrancis Chua that the high-scoring wingman will remain with the team.

“According to a text I received from team manager Alfrancis Chua as of 7 p.m., I asked him about it and he said it’s not true that Freeman will be replacing Leon,” Reyes told InterAksyon.com in an online interview.

“As a matter of fact, Leon is arranging for his kids to arrive for spring break after the GlobalPort game. For now, he wants to focus.”

Chua, however, clarified that he doesn’t know yet if Ginebra will change imports, according to Reyes.

The Philippine Star, citing a Ginebra team source, reported that the Gin Kings are planning to bring in two-time Best Import winner Gabe Freeman to take Rodgers’ place. The Star later said another import prospect is being eyed as the replacement.

The speculation comes as the Gin Kings have stumbled to a 1-2 record to start the tournament, a disappointing beginning for a team that finished No. 1 in the elimination round in the Philippine Cup.

Rodgers has displayed his scoring prowess with Ginebra, but struggled in the endgame of the Gin Kings loss on Sunday against the San Mig Super Coffee Mixers. He scored 32 points in the first three quarters of that game but managed just three in the fourth period, when the Mixers put the Gin Kings away.

But even if the report of his impending replacement is true, Reyes said Rodgers won’t take the decision personally.

“He came here with an open mind. He was aware of the role he needed to play ,and if it has and needs to come to an end for the best of the team, he will leave not disappointed,” said the agent.

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