25 August 2015

Why Trades Were Deferred on Draft Day

Chito Narvasa
Have you ever wondered why there were no trades consummated on the floor during the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Gatorade Rookie Draft last 23 August at the Robinsons Midtown Ermita.

The simple answer is that new league commissioner Chito Narvasa asked the teams to defer any transactions until he has time to study their line-up and the player contracts, which is a bit strange considering that this was his job description and yet he had not made his assignment.

"Gusto niya muna nakalatag. Gusto niya Makita yung roster, kung kailangan bang team na ito yung player and kung bakit siya nakikipag-trade," deputy commissioner Ricky Santos told InterAksyon.com in an exclusive interview.

"Hindi naman totally bawal, pero he requested the teams na kung puwede yung draft procedure muna kasi nga bago pa lang siya."

It is nottotally forbidden, but when the Commissioner asked you to defer it, would you risk his ire if you don't give in to his request?

Santos said that if teams still insist on having trade negotiations during draft day, the Commissioner’s Office still has to review it before acting on it.

"But if ever man may susubok sa kanila, kailangan bigyan nila kami ng sapat na oras para mapag-aralan," added Santos.

Hours before the draft, the rumor was that Mahindra Enforcers will trade there second pick for a couple of players.

The latest speculation states that at least five players are involved after the Enforcers wrap up its negotiation with the Talk 'N text Tropang Texters and NLEX Road Warriors.

The alleged trade will compel the Enforcers to give their No. 2 pick to Talk 'N text Ttropang Texters in exchange for sophomore guard Kevin Alas.

Alas, last year's No. 2 pick overall, will then be shipped by the Enforcers to the Road Warriors sweet-shooting forward Aldrech Ramos, Eric Camson and NLEX's 10th overall pick, which turned out to be Glenn Khobuntin.

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