WILL the PBA hierarchy step in and settle the current standoff between Blackwater and rookie star Bobby Ray Parks?
Team management is set to take up the Parks issue before the Commissioner's Office in a last-ditch effort to have the No. 2 overall pick suit up for the team in the season-opener Philippine Cup, SPIN.ph learned from sources on Tuesday.
Parks is still playing in the Asean Basketball League (ABL) with Alab Pilipinas and vowed to honor his contract with the team until the end of the season, which he previously indicated when he applied in last year's rookie draft.
But that meant the Fil-Am guard totally skipping the all-Filipino conference the way last year's top pick Christian Standhardinger did with San Miguel.
The son of seven-time PBA best import Bobby Parks has yet to sign the three-year max contract tendered by Blackwater.
But the Elite insisted Standhardinger's case was different, claiming the Fil-German had the blessing of the league board to play out his contract with Hong Kong in the ABL before joining the Beermen.
PBA legal counsel Atty. Melvin Mendoza is now in the process of reviewing if there is indeed a board resolution approving the Standhardinger arrangement.
“It’s something the Office of the Commissioner will have to review and look into,” said Blackwater board of governor Siliman Sy during the league's formal press conference for its 44th season.
Even before the standoff, there were already reports of a pending three-team trade that will see Parks reuniting with godfather Norman Black at Meralco, Baser Amer going to TNT and Jericho Cruz and Brian Heruela going to Blackwater.
Blackwater officials have since denied any plan to trade Parks.