San Miguel Corp. (SMC) sports officials have denied rumors of an impending player swap involving Gilas cadets Jio Jalalon and Kevin Ferrer.
Ginebra is reportedly going for former UST Tiger Ferrer, while Star is picking Jalalon, who made a big impact for Arellano University at the NCAA.
But speculations are rife about Ginebra trying to get Jalalon despite the non-trade clause among Gilas draftees for the next two years.
A Facebook post by Ginebra’s Scottie Thompson fueled the intrigue even more.
Ginebra team manager and San Miguel Corp. sports director Alfrancis Chua denied that such a trade has transpired.
“Mali yung naglabas. Ferrer tayo mga ka barangay!,” said Chua in Spin.
Star’s representative to the PBA board, Rene Pardo, also refuted the speculations.
“No such trade,” he said.
The Ferrer-Jalalon trade rumors came a day after a reported negotiation to send Star’s Paul Lee to Ginebra.
That trade was also denied by Pardo.
“Wala akong plano [to trade Lee]. Ewan ko sa amo namin, pero sabi ko nga, ‘di na ako papayag, kasi nawala na nga sa akin si James Yap tapos kukunin pa nila sa amin si Paul. Eh dehadong dehado na kami niyan,” Pardo said in FOX Sports Asia.
The Hotshots recently let go of Yap, a two-time MVP, to Rain or Shine, to acquire Lee.
Pardo said they are willing to give Lee, the 2016 PBA Press Corps Comeback Player, a maximum three-year contract. The deal is worth P15.1 million.
The 12 PBA teams are scheduled to formally announce their Gilas recruits then go through the 2016 PBA Rookie Draft on Sunday.
Raphael Banal, son of coach Joel Banal is expected to get picked at no. 1 by Blackwater in the regular draft according to the PBA website.
Phoenix Petroleum, which owns the No. 2 pick, is expected to choose between gunner Gelo Alolino and center Chris Javier.
Other top prospects are Jonathan Grey, Rashawn McCarthy, Jammer Jamito, Tristan Perez, Joseph Eriobu, Jericho de Guzman, Timothy Habelito and Ryan Arambulo.
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