Hoping to keep the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) an optimistic destination for local basketball players, Asia’s pioneering professional league instituted landmark policy changes on Friday.
PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial, through a virtual press conference held from the league’s offices in Libis, said that the PBA has applied revisions to the rules on live and expired contracts and the rookie eligibility on Friday. These changes will be formally communicated to the teams on Monday.
“[Basketball] It is evolving. Before, there was no three-point shot, there were no penalties. The sport is evolving, so we have to adjust accordingly, ”said the league chief.
“Therefore, we are doing everything possible to determine what is most appropriate for the times,” he added.
Kiefer Ravena and Bobby Ray Parks Jr. will be the first to experience these changes.
Ravena, who signed with B. League club Shiga Lakestars last June, can dress for the Japanese team under two conditions: only after the NLEX Road Warriors’ Philippine Cup campaign, and only for a Whole year.
However, it will be different for Parks Jr., whose authorization preceded that of Ravenna, which was announced earlier in the press conference.
The former TNT star, now 28, can play in the Land of the Rising Sun, but his rights will remain with Tropang Giga and he will have to serve a five-year absence period, according to the amended league. rules.
“We review the possible scenarios regarding the migration of players to other leagues, we have to affirm the principle that the sanctity of the contract must be respected,” said legal advisor Melvin Mendoza.
The rest period is a measure that the PBA implemented in situations where teams and players cannot reach an agreement, providing teams with a layer of protection against potential defectors.
That should prompt players with live contracts to avoid leaving PBA teams, as five years is too long, especially in a sport where performances are heavily dependent on age.
The league also made drastic changes related to newcomers. In addition to ditching the rookie salary cap, the PBA has also decided to suspend prospects who choose not to enter the rookie draft for five years.
The PBA also put an age limit on foreign Filipino players seeking to enter the draft. The league, in the future, will now only entertain players who are no more than 30 years old.
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