PBA commissioner Willie Marcial on Saturday said the league has allowed Ray Parks Jr. to finish his contract with San Miguel Alab Pilipinas in the ASEAN Basketball League.
But Marcial added that the 2-time ABL Most Valuable Player must sign a contract with Blackwater, which selected him as the second overall pick in the 2018 PBA Rookie Draft.
“Ni-research kasi namin at may precedent. Ganyan ang nangyari kay Alvin Patrimonio, kay Christian (Standhardinger), kay (Scottie) Thompson so papayagan namin si Bobby Ray Parks na maglaro sa ABL,” Marcial said in an interview on DZMM’s “Fast Break.” “Pero kailangan nilang pumirma ng kontrata.”
Parks has yet to sign with Blackwater weeks after being drafted.
Blackwater gave Parks a 3-year, maximum rookie contract worth P10.4 million even as speculation arose that the team plans to trade him to Meralco.
Marcial said he will discuss with the PBA board if teams are still OK with recruiting players with live contracts outside the league.
“Hindi nakapag-rookie camp si Bobby Ray kasi may practice sa ABL, hindi rin nakasama sa draft day si Bobby Ray kasi may game sa ABL,” Marcial noted.
Other players before Parks, such as Patrimonio, Standhardinger, Thompson and Don Allado, despite being drafted, also had to postpone playing in the big league because of their commitment to other competitions.
“Si Allado pinaglaro muna sa UAAP bago pumasok sa PBA. Si Thompson po pinaglaro muna sa NCAA . . . Mayroon kay Alvin Patrimonio noong araw, naglalaro pa siya sa (Philippine Amateur Basketball League) bago siya pumasok sa PBA. Marami pangyayari bago kay Ray Parks, maraming similar case po,” Marcial said.
“Ang gagawin po namin n’yan ay pag-uusapan namin sa board. Ibi-bring up natin yan. Tatanggap ba tayo ng may kontrata o next year na sila papalaruin?”
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