What was supposed to be a promising Season 44 is fast turning out to be a forgettable one this early for the Blackwater Elite.
Armed with the 2nd overall pick in the top-heavy 2019 PBA Rookie Draft, the Elite wasted no time in choosing potential franchise player Ray Parks. But with barely a week left before the league ushers in a brand new season, the son of legendary import Bobby Parks has yet to come to terms with the Dioceldo Sy-owned team.
Aside from the Parks dilemma, the Elite is also facing issues with big man Rabeh Al-Hussaini after the 30-year old Fil-Kuwaiti failed to show up for team practices.
The team has since then slapped an indefinite suspension on the troubled center.
To make things worse, guard John Pinto turned down a two-year contract extension from the team.
The 28-year old product of Arellano University played a key role in the team’s resurgence last season especially in the Governors’ Cup and is reportedly headed to the Phoenix Fuel Masters in exchange for Joseph Eriobu and Gelo Alolino.
Pinto will become the 3rd Elite to be traded after the annual rookie draft. Starting center Poy Erram was dealt to the NLEX Road Warriors for rookies Abu Tratter and Paul Desiderio while guard Paul Zamar was shipped to the San Miguel Beermen for 2 future 2nd round picks.