PBA clarifies Van Opstal for Pessumal swap: Cadet for cadet trade is allowed

Not a few PBA fans were surprised when newly crowned Commissioner’s Cup champion San Miguel Beermen sealed a trade deal with the GlobalPort Batang Pier on Monday, July 10, 2017.

The Beermen sent its Gilas cadet, Arnold Van Opstal to the Batang Pier in exchange for its own cadet, Von Pessumal.

Now, the transaction came as a surprise to many as they had the impression that Gilas cadets cannot be traded by their mother teams for a period of two years.

Yes, that apparently was true but only to a certain extent.

According to PBA Media head Willie Marcial, while there was indeed a previous agreement between the Board of Governors that bars Gilas cadets from being traded during the first two years of their PBA careers, it was struck down in the last minute and a new trade clause was put into place.

Teams are allowed to trade their Gilas cadet but only for the cadets of other teams, and it’s limited to a one-on-one swap. No draft picks or other players should be included in the package.

The original trade clause is now applicable only to the first pick of the special draft, Blackwater’s Mac Belo.

Belo cannot be traded for another player, even if that player is a fellow cadet, up until the end of next season.

Van Opstal, despite being dropped from the pool due to missed practices, will still be considered a Gilas cadet for the first two years of his career. – Alvin Borromeo