Barangay Ginebra acquired a huge piece on Tuesday when it snagged Stanley Pringle from NorthPort in exchange for Sol Mercado, Jervy Cruz and Kevin Ferrer.
The Gin Kings added more firepower in Pringle, but Ginebra coach Tim Cone told ESPN5.com it "was really tough for us to part with these three guys."
"It was tough giving up Sol who we consider to be the premiere backcourt stopper in the league, and Kevin, one of the good young developing shooters, and Jervy who was stuck behind Greg (Slaughter), Japeth (Aguilar) and Joe (Devance), but everyone knows how good he is," said Cone.
"They were a huge part of our team chemistry and Sol was an incredible leader in the locker room. Also Kevin and Jervy were former players of Coach Pido (Jarencio), so NorthPort really pursued them."
The Gin Kings are looking to repeat as Commissioner's Cup champions, but have had a rocky start to the conference with a 3-3 record. Adding Pringle, when he returns to the court 100% healthy, to the mix will definitely boost their title defense bid.
"As for Stanley, we really think he'll pair well with LA (Tenorio) and Scottie (Thompson) in the backcourt and help us spread the floor for Greg and Japeth. We just have to get him healthy and keep him healthy," added Cone.
Jarencio, on the other hand, is pleased with the haul NorthPort got in the deal. He also said adding three new players to the team, which is currently in the upper echelon of the standings with a 5-1 record, in the midst of the conference will have little effect on their great start.
"Jervy and Kevin have played for me before so they know how I coach. Sol, on the other hand, is a competitor. So I'm happy with the players we're getting," Jarencio told ESPN5.com in Filipino. "There will be little adjustments. They're all professionals, they know how to adjust and go along with the system.