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With PBA avoiding a potential precedent, Kiefer’s plans for Japan will cross many hurdles

Among the things that Kiefer Ravena could lose if he intends to play in Japan without permission from the PBA is the opportunity to dress for the national team. —SHERWIN VARDELEON / INQUIRER PHOTO FROM FILE

Kiefer Ravenna’s attempt to join Brother Thirdy in the Land of the Rising Sun is not without controversy.

With the former Ateneo hotshot under contract with NLEX until 2023, Ravenna may have to wait two more years before setting foot in Japan’s B. League, where his brother is currently seeing action, a source told the Inquirer on Wednesday.

And if you’re planning to resist, you’re facing a lot of trouble: a lifetime suspension from the PBA and a missed opportunity to dress for the national team.

These are the scenarios that could unfold following Ravena’s decision to sign with Shiga Lakestars despite being under contract with his club PBA. “We are very happy to announce that we have signed a new player for the 2021-22 season with Kiefer Ravena. Ravenna will be recorded as Asian player odds, ”Shiga said in a statement on Wednesday.

But Shiga will have to clear several obstacles before he can present Ravenna in real combat.

“All I can say is that we will not allow that,” said PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial, referring to Ravenna’s live pact with NLEX.

Repercussions

A couple of highly placed The Inquirer sources were more forthcoming with the possible repercussions of the Ravenna measure, which many see as a way to get some legal action while the PBA is on a forced hiatus from the pandemic.

With Marcial’s signing in Ravenna fulfilling his contract with the PBA, the NLEX point guard will not obtain the necessary authorizations from the International Basketball Federation (Fiba) to dress in Japan, according to one of the Inquirer sources.

“Players should know that the PBA has them controlled and if they choose to play outside the country, the leagues in which they will play will need an authorization from the PBA for Fiba (the world governing body) to allow them to play,” said the source. “They certainly won’t get a release from the PBA in these circumstances.”

Another source said that if Ravenna decides not to dress for NLEX, she faces a lifetime ban from the PBA.

A source within the Road Warriors field said that Ravena has already applied for NLEX’s permission, but even then, it will still need that authorization from the league, which is trying to avoid a precedent that will lead players to sign deals with others. leagues while having a live pact with their current teams.

The Inquirer requested that Ravena return his call and received no response.

Second case

This is the second case of its kind to hit the PBA in the last three months, the first being Ray Parks Jr.’s problem with TNT with the prized Filipino-American base choosing to hold out to try his hand at overseas.

TNT, which is represented on the board by Chairman Ricky Vargas, owns the right of first refusal over Parks and immediately put his foot down and effectively barred Parks from playing anywhere else, not even with another PBA team, as that Vargas said he would not. Don’t accept any trade to teach the player a lesson.

Inquirer sources said Japan’s offer is expected to exceed Ravenna’s current deal with NLEX, which is not a silly change, by no means, and the firm has sent ripples throughout the PBA board.

“Especially with a live contract. Imagine that [NLEX] The team paid his salary even when he was suspended by Fiba (for 18 months) for doping, ”said a board member who declined to be named.

“It will become a precedent,” said the first source. “And the PBA cannot allow that to happen. We raise them (star players), nurture them and that’s how they pay us.

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