PBA: Narvasa approves trade sending KIA's top pick to Beermen

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Bocaue, Bulacan (CNN Philippines, October 27) — The trade has been approved.

Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Commissioner Chito Narvasa called an impromptu press conference before Game 7 of the Governors' Cup Finals to reveal the resolution of the proposed trade between KIA Picanto and the San Miguel Beermen on Friday at the Philippine Arena.

The transaction sees KIA giving up the top pick of the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft in exchange for San Miguel's Jay-R Reyes, Ronald Tubid, Rashawn McCarthy and their first round pick for the 2019 draft.

"Acceptable," Narvasa said when he told the media about his decision.

According to Narvasa, there were multiple proposals from both sides prior to the final result. The key piece to making the proposal work for the commissioner was the addition of Tubid into the mix.

"This was the fourth (proposal) already, and if they had not agreed on it then I would have rejected it," Narvasa said.

The commissioner had come under scrutiny after a series of trade proposals that seemingly favored the Beermen came under consideration for the top pick of the draft.

But according to the PBA executive, he had analyzed how the trade would have affected both sides.

"I studied both lineups, I think that in so many ways the veterans that we gave to KIA will be able to guide them," Narvasa explained.

The Beermen have been projected to draft Filipino-German standout Christian Standhardinger with the first pick, which would bolster an already loaded starting five.

The prospect of Standhardinger and reigning MVP June Mar Fajardo manning the San Miguel front court raised concerns regarding parity in the league from fans and other team's executives alike.

But Narvasa believes that even if San Miguel ultimately select the Gilas big man, there are pros and cons for both sides.

"KIA will be able to get them (Tubid, Reyes, McCarthy) right away. If San Miguel gets Christian, he won't be able to play until the second conference," Narvasa explained. "One way or the other you look at it, there is a sacrifice on both."

Standhardinger will not be able to play in the All-Filipino conference due to commitments with his team in the Asean Basketball League, which means that he can only make his first appearance in the import-reinforced second conference.

The 2017 PBA Rookie Draft takes place on Sunday at the Robinsons Place in Manila.