PBA trading deadline adjusted to avoid last-minute deals before playoffs

In order to get rid of one-sided deals, PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa reiterated the revised trade rule he already implemented under his watch.

Narvasa said instead of the trade deadline set at the end of the eliminations, he has adjusted it to 14 days before the close of the initial phase of the conference.

“Before (under former commissioner Chito Salud’s watch), pwede mag-trade at the end of the eliminations kaya ang nangyayari diyan, halimbawa, eliminated ka na, eh gusto ko yung player mo, nagiging akin na ang star player mo. Pero ngayon di na pwede yun,” Narvasa told FOX Sports on Monday.

The first-year league commissioner said there are no trade proposals as of the time being, though over the past days, GlobalPort veteran guard Joseph Yeo’s name has been mentioned in the rumor mill.

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Nonetheless, Narvasa stressed that his decision to move back the trade deadline 14 days before the end of the eliminations is to ensure that each ball club would weigh their decisions carefully before making any roster change.

“That decision was basically for us to know if the team is really thinking of its own welfare kasi sa trade rule ngayon na 14 days (before the end of the eliminations), di mo pa talaga alam ang standing mo kung puwede ka pa pumasok (sa playoffs) or hindi,” he added.

San Miguel Beer took advantage of the old trade rule under Salud’s watch when it traded Sol Mercado to GlobalPort in exchange for Alex Cabagnot in December 2014 just before the trade deadline.

Read: Trade Grade: GlobalPort scores A+ for snatching Jeric Fortuna from Phoenix

The Beermen benefited greatly from the transaction as Cabagnot played a key role in their Philippine Cup title conquest during the 2015 season.

Mercado, on the other hand, lasted just 1 game with GlobalPort before being shipped to Barako Bull.

The six-foot Fil-foreign was eventually traded to Barangay Ginebra in May 2015 incidentally, in exchange for Yeo. – By Richard Dy 

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