Austria said the 6-foot-4 Reid actually had a follow up checkup on Wednesday to see the progress of his Achilles heel injury.
“We’re still waiting for him (Reid). We cannot rely na ganun aang situation, (we could find) another import. (But) until now, we’re still negotiating (with Reid),” Austria told FOX Sports on Wednesday morning. “We’re hoping he could come back.”
Nonetheless, the three-time PBA champion coach is leaving the decision to the sweet-shooting American import if he will play against Alaska in the PBA Governors Cup’s main game on Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
“Lahat iyan depende kay AZ, but we won’t force him to play kasi siya naman ang makaka-alam ng injury niya and again, he’s still in the lineup. Wala namang kapalit eh,” stressed Austria.
Austria said for moment, the Beermen don’t have a standby import, though with Reid’s situation, they are now looking for the next available talent.
“Una, wala naman kaming planong palitan si AZ, but since di maganda ang indication, hahanap kami,” explained Austria, whose team is coming off a 98-92 loss to GlobalPort last week.
“Kung may available at magaling, why not? Basta sa ngayon, kailangan namin ng plan B,” he added.
On Sunday, Austria said he also had a talk with Reid to thresh out some misunderstanding during the Beermen’s loss to the Batang Pier.
“I told him I cannot tolerate (his actions), he apologized after,” Austria said
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