Under a landmark arrangement launched by the late Purefoods guv Ely Capacio, the PBA board of governors ruled that all gamers automatically come to be UFAs at the end of their 7th season in the organization with PBA unrestricted freelances.
Given that the regulation had not been used retroactively, that indicated gamers who compose the newbie draft course of 2014, led by top choice general Stanley Pringle and No. 2 Kevin Alas, will be the very first batch of players to take advantage of the policy.
Formerly, all PBA gamers with ended agreements are classified as limited freelances – indicating their signing rights stayed with their mother teams [the PBA lately passed a guideline that transforms all gamers left anonymous by their mommy groups into UFAs]
The UFA policy, for that reason, is a game-changer once it works at the end of the 2021 period.
Nevertheless, a check by SPIN.ph revealed that the gem of the organization’s initial batch of UFAs would no longer be, yes, unrestricted by next season. Sources stated that Pringle had been signed to a new three-year agreement by Barangay Ginebra, taking him out of the UFA market.
The spectacular Fil-Am guard, obtained by Ginebra in a trade with GlobalPort in 2019, is 34 years old, meaning the current Ginebra agreement would take him entirely to the end of the 2024 PBA season time he would be 37.
Sadly, like Pringle, authorized a new three-year handle the Roadway Warriors last September 2020 and will consequently be restrained to the agreement until 2023.
Gems of the UFA set
With the rights to Pringle and Alas taken, two gems remain from that 2014 draft class – NLEX guard Jericho Cruz [taken No. 9 because draft] and Phoenix point guard Chris Banchero, who was picked at No. 5 by the Alaska Aces.
NLEX train Yeng Guiao, likewise the group’s primary manager, verified that Cruz’s contract would end at the end of the period. A talk to Phoenix metro additionally disclosed that Banchero – taken by the team in the Vic Manuel trade – is in the same boat.
Guiao, however, shared confidence that the team could pertain to terms with Cruz on a brand-new agreement.
“I’m positive he’ll wish to remain,” Guiao said.
As for Banchero, the high-scoring guard’s name has turned up in several trade reports the past few months that called into question his ongoing stay in the Gas Masters’ camp.