Bobby Ray Parks’ camp is sticking to its original plan of letting him finish his Asean Basketball League (ABL) stint with the San Miguel Alab Pilipinas before suiting up for Blackwater in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).
Blackwater is pressed to have Parks on board after trading JP Erram to NLEX for rookies Paul Desiderio and Abu Tratter and Nard Pinto to Phoenix for Joseph Eriobu
Charlie Dy, Parks’ agent, claimed surprise over the decision by the Elite management to seek the PBA Commissioner’s Office’s intervention four days before the league opens shop on Sunday at the Philippine Arena.
During their meeting Monday night, both camps agreed that the 25-year old Parks will just finish his commitment with Alab Pilipinas before playing for the Elite.
The PBA team can only utilize the former National University standout in the Commissioner’s Cup in case Alab goes deep with its ABL run.
Now, Dy said if Blackwater can’t wait, they are open to the idea of Parks being traded to a team that is willing to finish his commitment with Alab.
Both camps agreed that the 25-year old Parks will just finish his commitment with Alab Pilipinas before playing for the Elite.
“I was surprised with their statements because after our talk (last Monday), they will let Ray finish his commitment with Alab,” Dy said.
“If they can’t wait, then just trade Ray to the team that is willing to wait,” he added.
There are reports that Parks’ could be headed to Meralco in a three-team trade that also reportedly involved Talk ‘N Text. But Blackwater team owner Dioceldy Sy said they are keeping Parks.
During the league’s press conference on Tuesday, Blackwater official Siliman Sy told the media that they are now seeking help of the league as the Parks’ case has no board resolution of support unlike the case of San Miguel’s Christian Standhardinger last season.
Standhardinger, like Parks, applied for the PBA Draft last season, but the Beermen had to wait for the Filipino-German finish his commitment with the Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions in the ABL.
Sy said Standhardinger’s case had a board resolution and they are now asking PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial to act on the issue.
Blackwater is pressed to have Parks on board after trading JP Erram to NLEX for rookies Paul Desiderio and Abu Tratter and Nard Pinto to Phoenix for Joseph Eriobu.
Erram and Pinto were the key players for the Elite in the Governors’ Cup where they finished fifth after the elimination round before losing to eventual champion Magnolia in the quarterfinals.