Commissioner Willie Marcial
PBA Media Bureau, file
PBA cautions players
Olmin Leyba (The Philippine Star) - June 30, 2020 - 12:00am

No secret talks with foreign clubs

MANILA, Philippines — The PBA has cautioned its players against negotiating with foreign clubs amid talks that Japanese B.League squads are eyeing a couple more PBA superstars as their Asian import.

Commissioner Willie Marcial yesterday reminded players of their commitment to the terms of their live contracts with their respective PBA ballclubs.

Marcial warned the players from entering into secret negotiations with any Japanese club.

But Marcial conceded those with expired contracts may entertain offers from B.League and other leagues provided they get the consent of their mother teams and the PBA board.

“Expired ka na, ayaw mo na sa team mo, mag-paalam ka sa team mo tapos pag-uusapan namin sa board kung okay (If a player doesn’t want to renew, he must inform his team and we’ll discuss it in the board),” Marcial said.

He said in such cases, the board will have to determine if the mother team will still retain the rights to the player in case he is released but eventually decides to return to the PBA.

The Japanese league is a potential destination for Filipino players with its average salary base pegged at 16.1 million yen or P7.4 million for the 2018-19 season.

Following the signing of top amateur Thirdy Ravena, the Japanese league is reportedly scouting for Asian imports from the PBA, including Phoenix’ suspended forward Calvin Abueva.

Marcial stressed he hasn’t received any official word on the reported offer from Abueva or any other PBA player. Terrence Romeo of San Miguel Beer is another player being mentioned.

Abueva posted on his Instagram account that he got a feeler from an interested B.League team.

But Phoenix coach Louie Alas said Abueva “as much as possible prefers the PBA.”

Meralco’s Raymond Almazan also admitted receiving a direct message from a Japanese American-Japanese guard Samuel Sawaji of Tokyo Cinq Rêves last month but politely turned it down.

Meanwhile, TNT KaTropa yesterday welcomed back newly-retired Ranidel de Ocampo to their fold, this time as assistant coach.

De Ocampo, who won three championships with TNT before ending his playing career with Meralco, will help hone the skills of TNT big men like Troy Rosario.

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