Tubid was crucial to SMB-Kia trade for top pick per Comm. Narvasa
Paul Lintag on Oct 27, 2017 06:43 PM
Commissioner Chito Narvasa was ready to call off the trade between Kia and San Miguel if veteran swingman Ronald Tubid was not included in the Beermen's package for the Picanto's no. 1 pick.
BOCAUE, BULACAN --- To his credit, PBA Commissioner Chito Narvasa was just as surprised as everyone else when he found out that San Miguel made a serious play for the no. 1 pick of the 2017 Draft.
"Kia received offers from other teams also, after thinking about it, they held it down with SMB, nagulat rin ako," the Commissioner said.
"Dumating sakin envelope na sinasabing may trade, San Miguel and Kia kaya nagulat ako kasi paano nakuha ng San Miguel to," Narvasa added.
Speaking to the media in a press conference Friday ahead of Game 7 of the Governors' Cup Finals at the Philippine Arena here, Narvasa said that he rejected the initial trade proposal between Kia and San Miguel for the Picanto's no. 1 pick.
Narvasa added that he also rejected a couple of revisions afterwards for a variety of reasons.
"Sabi ko sa kanila [Kia], please consider the sentiments of the fans. Mahal na mahal nila ang PBA," Narvasa said.
"The fans want to see a balanced [league], yung di alam sino mananalo," he added.
Following discussions with both teams, it appeared that Narvasa was going to kill the trade altogether.
The Commissioner said that the Picanto, at the very least, should get veterans in return for their no. 1 pick and the San Miguel veteran that ultimately made the trade was Ronald Tubid.
However, it appeared the San Miguel was reluctant to let go of Tubid at first.
"They asked for McCarthy, Jay-R Reyes, and Agovida. Sabi ko kailangan may beterano," Narvasa said.
"Mukhang okay na si Tubid, pag di binigay si Tubid within one hour the deal is off. McCarthy, Reyes, Tubid, and 2019 pick. If you can't decide on it within one hour, the deal is off," the Commissioner added, talking about the revised package and the tense moments it took for both teams to decide whether it was a deal or no deal.
It was a deal.
As of Friday, two days before the 2017 Draft, San Miguel will offically send Jay-R Reyes, Ronald Tubid, Rashawn McCarthy, and tis 2019 first round pick to Kia for the Picanto's no. 1 pick.
Christian Standhardinger is the consensus top choice for this year's draft although Kiefer Ravena and Jeron Teng should also get some serious consideration.
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