Narvasa on controversial KIA-SMB trade: “KIA has the right to determine where they want to go.”

ByAllan Lim

PBA Media Bureau

PBA Commissioner Chito Narvasa has placed the controversial KIA – San Miguel on hold for now saying he wants to have a dialogue first with both parties involved in the deal.

In an interview with News5 AKSYON, Narvasa admitted that the trade papers were already in his office since last week but he hasn’t decided yet and is currently in talks with SMC Sports Director Alfrancis Chua and KIA Team Governor Bobby Rosales.

“Hindi ata pwede ito,” Narvasa said was his initial reaction upon seeing the personalities involved.

Initially, the players were SMB’s JayR Reyes, Keith Agovida and Rashawn MCCarthy in exchange for KIA’s 1st round pick in the upcoming rookie draft.

A revised edition then made rounds in social media with SMB letting go of McCarthy, Gabby Espinas, Ronald Tubid and Matt Ganuelas-Rosser for the top pick which could easily turn out to be 6-foot-8 Fil-German Christian Standhardinger.

Narvasa, however, refused to name the actual players involved in the deal and even hinted that it is still up to KIA to chart the path of their franchise.

“People say it’s about parity of the league. But people have the same right as anybody else in the team to decide their fate. KIA has the right to determine where they want to go,” said Narvasa.

The former Shell and Purefoods coach said that he will come up with a decision before the draft proper.