Ginebra coach Cone bares he's pursued Dillinger for 'many years'

MANILA, Philippines – Tim Cone revealed he has always wanted to have Jared Dillinger as the former Meralco guard was reportedly picked up by Barangay Ginebra from the unrestricted free agent list.

Chief PBA statistician Fidel Mangonon broke on Twitter that the 11-year veteran was acquired by the Gin Kings, arguably the most popular team in the league. 

@JDHawaii20 acquired by @barangayginebra from @MeralcoBoltsPH ’s UFAWR2S list. #PBALabanKungLaban — PBA (@pbaconnect) May 31, 2019

"I heard that he was released by Meralco and I know that our management has been talking to him, but I haven't heard for sure that he has signed with us," Cone told Rappler through a text message. 

"If it's true, we obviously are extremely happy to have him. He's a multi-talented guy that I've pursued for many years." 

The 35-year-old Dillinger has been hobbled by injury for the past couple of conferences, playing in only 5 games for the Bolts in the Philippine Cup and averaged 7.8 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 1.2 assists.

Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.