Future of Terrafirma coaches, players remains uncertain

With Terrafirma concluding the 2020 PBA season with a 1-10 record, coach John Cardel admitted his future and the majority of the players with expiring contracts are up in the air.

Cardel, whose coaching contract is expiring at the end of the year, still has no idea what the management plans to do with the team next season.

"We have a lot of players with expiring contracts, and that includes us coaches. So honestly, we don't know yet what will happen for next year," Cardel told ESPN5 on Friday. "We don't know what will happen to the team if we will keep it intact or will there be changes since we have some 10 players with expiring contracts."

Cardel, whose team returned to Metro Manila early Friday, mentioned that he will be meeting with team governor Bobby Rosales by next week.

Fil-American guard Rashawn McCarthy and forward Glenn Khobuntin are two players whose contracts are set to end by the close of the year. Cardel, though, reminded his wards to stay in shape even though the offseason might be longer for them as the PBA will still have to figure out the next step for the 2021 season.

"The important thing for the players is to stay in shape because once we begin the new season, players will play like it's a tryout since there will be rookies who will be trying to earn spots also on the team," he explained.

While every team had its share of sacrifices in the PBA bubble, Cardel noted the experience is a great reminder for the Dyip to learn to play under different conditions. The Dyip got off to a 0-7 start, most of which were blowout losses or second-half meltdowns, which Cardel said had a lot to do with the players failing to get their timing and conditioning during the single-round eliminations.

"We stayed at the bubble for almost two months and the challenge there really is the players' weren't 100 percent (in game condition) because we didn't have scrimmages and other preparations," Cardel said.

Terrafirma managed to get its acts together during its eighth game, putting in a solid second-half effort to outlast Blackwater, 110-101, to finally nail its first and only win in the PBA bubble.

The Dyip dropped a narrow 93-95 defeat to the Meralco Bolts, before dropping back-to-back blowout losses to the Barangay Ginebra Kings and the NLEX Road Warriors to close the season on a low note.

Cardel, however, insists the future looks bright for the Dyip, who have CJ Perez and rookie Fil-Am Roosevelt Adams as part of the franchise's young core.

"I think we're just one solid big man away and then we just need a tall point guard because we all know that players from that spot today are big," he stressed.