To stop players disrupting their teams' campaign, the MPBL announced it will not allow them to leave the league until after the end of the Lakan Cup.
The decision means that journeymen who want a second shot and young prospects eyeing the PBA will have to wait a while before transferring.
MPBL commissioner Kenneth Duremdes issued the directive, approved by league founder Manny Pacquiao.
“We’re doing this to make sure it will not hamper the preparation of teams as they build up for the playoffs,” Duremdes said in an article posted on Fox Sports Philippines.
“Unfair rin naman sa mga teams na nagpalakas and nag-improve ng lineup nila, then all of a sudden iri-release lang agad. The best way is to finish the season before these players will be released to the PBA.
“We’re not stopping our players’ dream of playing or getting back to the PBA, but we also have to protect our teams in the MPBL.”
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