PBA: Import issues continue to plague NLEX as Jonathan Simmons is offered a China team.

NLEX coach Frankie Lim.  - PBA Images

NLEX coach Frankie Lim. – PBA Images

MANILA, Philippines — The partnership between NLEX and expected import Jonathan Simmons has apparently come to an end.

Simmons was scheduled to make his debut for the Road Warriors in their first game of the 2023 PBA Governors Cup against Blackwater on Wednesday, but coach Frankie Lim brushed off the issues with the former NBA player.

“He had an offer in China so I said, ‘Go ahead, we’ll just find another guy.’ He might not play on Wednesday but we will just try and find a way,” Lim said in a story on the PBA website.

As of writing, NLEX has not confirmed if they will play with a new import against the Bossings or if they will go all-Filipino.

For Blackwater coach Ariel Vanguardia, neither situation has prompted him to change the team’s game plan as they look for their first win.

“Gano’ pran (that will be it). We will try and control their import, whoever it is. Another important thing is, they have new players so we don’t know what they are going to do. What the implications will be for NLEX,” said the top coach.

While NLEX is uncertain about its import situation, Blackwater will be returning the services of foreign keeper Shaun Glover.

Glover helped Blackwater. Take his 29-game winning streak back into 2021.

In addition to the notable import, Vanguardia is also excited to play in a conference with a full roster.

“Besar (Amir), Javi (Casio) and Joshua (Toralba) will play eventually. [altogether]. Soon — maybe, next week, Troy (Rosario) will play,” the mentor said.

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