Source: KIA in talks with Star for 1st overall pick

SOURCEManila Bulletin

Is the Kia Picanto willing to part ways and trade the top overall pick in this year’s PBA Rookie Draft even if it means getting a young talented player in Kiefer Ravena or Christian Standhardinger?

The answer is yes.

Kia’s team manager Eric Pineda said the team is not closing the door on suitors hoping to get the No. 1 selection, which the team will get based on its finish after three conferences.

“It’s possible, we’re not closing the door,” said Pineda in a phone interview with Bulletin-Tempo. “The important thing, of course, is whatever is best for the team, that’s what we’ll do.”

A source said that the partner of Kia in the trade talks is Star.

The team’s alternate governor Rene Pardo, however, said there is no negotiation, although they are willing to explore talks if it would lead to the Hotshots getting a big guy in 6-foot-8 Standhardinger.

“Alam naman ng lahat na ang kulang talaga sa amin malaki,” said Pardo.

“Kung willing naman sila (to trade the No. 1 pick), we can discuss it with them, mamili sila (players on our roster) then we’ll decide. Kung pwede naman ba bakit hindi kung ang kapalit naman e makakakuha kami ng malaking player,” added Pardo.