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    No hindrance to Banchero's plan to play in D-League, says ABL chief

    Aug 16, 2013

    THERE appears to be no hindrance to Chris Banchero's plan to suit up in the PBA D-League as far as the Asean Basketball League (ABL) is concerned.

    ABL chief executive officer Anthony Macri said there are no league rules prohibiting Banchero from playing in a local league for another local team aside from reigning ABL champions San Miguel Beermen.

    Banchero recently signed up with Blackwater Sports for the D-League Aspirants Cup set later this year in his bid to kick-start the process of becoming eligible for the PBA rookie draft.

    Despite signing up with the Elite – the reigning Foundation Cup champions, Banchero also plans to play for the Beermen in the 2014 ABL season as per the agreement reached with Blackwater Sports management.

    Cases where his schedule for the two teams will overlap will be settled by both sides.

    “There is no specific rule preventing this in our current regulations,” said Macri. “Player contracts are team-specific.”

    Banchero was the Finals MVP when the Beermen swept the Indonesia Warriors for the 2013 ABL title last June.

    Banchero will join holdovers Kevin Ferrer, Gio Ciriacruz, Robby Celiz, and Justin Chua, together with fellow new recruits Jeric Teng and Clark Bautista in the coming D-League conference when Blackwater bids to capture its second straight crown.

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