PBA: No more trading of no. 1 picks in annual Draft

Paul Lintag on Oct 12, 2018 08:29 PM
PBA: No more trading of no. 1 picks in annual Draft
The PBA Board reportedly had a unanimous vote to disallow the trading of no. 1 picks, this after the highly-controversial swap for the 2017 selection involving Columbian and San Miguel.

Teams making the first overall selection in the PBA Draft will get to keep their picks.

The PBA announced Friday that trading away the no. 1 pick is no longer allowed and the new rule will be implemented starting 2019.

"Napag-usapan na yun ng [PBA] Board," said Commissioner Willie Marcial.

The PBA Board reportedly had a unanimous vote to disallow the trading of no. 1 picks, this after the highly-controversial swap for the 2017 selection involving Columbian and San Miguel.

Columbian, then known as Kia, traded its top pick for the 2017 Draft to the Beermen for role players and change.

The Beermen then ended up using the pick to take Fil-German forward Christian Standhardiner no. 1 overall.

The swap, approved by then Commissioner Chito Narvasa, received tremendous backlash from fans and it even caused a divide in the PBA Board.

Narvasa eventually stepped down and Marcial took over as OIC before eventually getting a promotion to Commissioner.

Columbian is set to once again pick first in the 2018 Draft, which is set for Dec. 16.

 


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