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Javi GDL bids Terrafirma, PBA farewell as KBL stint looms

After two stellar years with Terrafirma, Javi Gomez de Liano is set to embark on a new chapter in his basketball journey overseas.

The 6-foot-4 winger bid farewell to the Dyip on Friday in a heartfelt post, expressing gratitude to the team that helped him regain his confidence after a one-year stint with the B.League’s Ibaraki.

His contract with Terrafirma expired on May 31.

“Thank you for the amazing two years that have passed! I am truly grateful for the opportunity to play in the PBA, especially for making it to the playoffs with this franchise,” said Gomez de Liano, who was drafted as the eighth overall pick in the 2022 PBA Rookie Draft by Ginebra but was quickly traded to Terrafirma.

“The team welcomed me with open arms from the day I got traded and has helped me develop not only as a better player but, more importantly, as a better individual. To the fans, thank you for showing up to our games and cheering us on! To my teammates, thank you for being real on and off the court. Our bond will definitely go a long way!”

2024-PBA-Philippine-Cup-Terrafirma-vs-Ginebra-Javi-Gomez-de-Liano-scaled Javi GDL bids Terrafirma, PBA farewell as KBL stint looms Basketball News PBA  - philippine sports newsAfter a subpar rookie year with the Dyip, Gomez de Liano bounced back big time in his sophomore year.

He averaged 16.4 points, 5.72 rebounds, 2.24 assists, and 1.32 steals per game last season — including a career-high 16.45 points during the Commissioner’s Cup.

However, he opted not to renew with the Dyip to settle some unfinished business.

Currently, Javi is in South Korea with his brother Juan of Seoul SK.

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Multiple sources closely monitoring the situation have told Tiebreaker Times that a deal with a KBL team has already been signed.

And after a tough year with the Robots during his first-ever pro year, Javi will surely make the most of his impending stint in Anyang.

“These two years have definitely been a significant boost to my career. Without the trust, I wouldn’t be here, and I will always be grateful for that. Till we meet again down the road!”

Javi GDL is the second Dyip player who has opted not to re-sign with the team to go overseas after Roosevelt Adams, who remains with B.League club Yamagata.

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