CHRIS Banchero said he will suit up for any team that will pick him in the PBA D-League draft this September despite having already developed a relationship with Blackwater Sports.
The former ABL star said it is “unfortunate” that he could end up with another team, but added that he will respect whatever happens in the league’s first-ever draft on September 19.
Café France, through head coach Egay Macaraya, has expressed intention to make the star of the San Miguel Beermen in the ABL the developmental league's first-ever top rookie pick overall.
“At the end of the day, it’s business. I have to do what I have to do. The ultimate goal is to play in the PBA,” Banchero told Spin.ph during Sunday’s UAAP games where he was a spectator along with Blackwater Sports team owner Dioceldo Sy.
Banchero had already suited up for Blackwater in a goodwill series in Bacolod a few weeks back, after playing for two seasons with San Miguel Beermen in the ABL.
It looked like he was all set to play as an Elite in the coming conference, but the plans got messed up when the league announced it will finally have a player draft after five conferences.
“I’m part of the Blackwater family. I have signed with them right after I got dealt with San Miguel, and I had talks with them the entire year,” said Banchero.
“I’ve develop a relationship with boss Dioceldo (Sy), he has been good to me. I’ve developed a relationship with the team. It’s going to be hard to play with another team,” said Banchero.
Blackwater Sports, however, could still obtain Banchero through a trade.
“It was just unfortunate that they implemented a D-League draft. So now, that that’s in, I believe Café France is the top pick and I saw today that they will be choosing me,” said Banchero.
The Fil-Italian guard said he has no choice but to wait and see how the D-League draft pans out.