Jordan Heading’s plan to play in Taiwan faces an enormous stumbling block.
The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) said on Thursday that it has reached out to FIBA and its Taiwanese counterpart regarding reports of the Fil-Aussie guard’s signing with the Taichung Suns in the upcoming T1 league.
A letter signed by SBP executive director Sonny Barrios indicates that Heading has an ongoing contract with the SBP to be part of the Gilas Pilipinas pool after he was drafted by Terrafirma in the 2021 PBA Draft last March.
“We have formally written FIBA and the Chinese Taipei Basketball Association in connection with the reported playing in Taiwan for the Taichung Suns of Mr. Jordan Timothy Heading and have informed them that Mr. Heading has a ‘live’ legal contract with the SBP until March 2023,” the statement read.
It also stated that no further comments will be made until FIBA responds.
“Until we hear from Fiba, please bear with us if we have no further comment in the meantime,” the statement ended.
The former Gilas cadet already made his Philippine men’s national basketball team debut, posting 6.5 points on 33% shooting from beyond the arc to go along with 1.5 assists in 17.4 minutes of playing time in the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers last June in Clark, Pampanga.
He brought those figures up to 14.5 points on 72% clip from deep to go along with 3.0 dimes and 1.5 boards in 29.1 minutes of action in the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Belgrade, Serbia.
The Suns hope to get those numbers from Heading as the team’s designated Asian import for the upstart league which will begin on Nov. 27, although this roadblock may put those plans in jeopardy.
Heading is the third Filipino player to be acquired as a reinforcements in the league after Jason Brickman joined the Kaohsiung Poseidon Aquas and Caelan Tiongson agreed to play for the Taoyuan Leopards.