Kia-SMB trade is approved, Beermen will select first in draft
Paul Lintag on Oct 27, 2017 06:20 PM
Consensus no. 1 pick Christian Standhardinger might be on his way to San Miguel after all.
Now it's official, San Miguel will select first in the 2017 PBA Draft.
After several revisions, Commissioner Chito Narvasa approved of the trade Friday that will allow the Beermen, who barely missed out on a Grand Slam this season, to make the first pick in a top-heavy draft set for Sunday.
In exchange, San Miguel will send Jay-R Reyes, Ronald Tubid, Rashawn McCarthy, and its 2019 first round pick to the Picanto.
The trade was first reported last week and Narvasa said that he rejected the original proposal and several revisions afterwards.
San Miguel will now get to choose among three sure prospects in the draft in Christian Standhardinger, Kiefer Ravena, and Jeron Teng. However, Standhardinger remains as the consensus top pick and if the Beermen takes him first, the 6'8" Fil-German forward will pair with 6'10" June Mar Fajardo, the PBA's reigning 4-time MVP.
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