CHANGSHA, China – PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa is just waiting for pertinent documents to be submitted to his office before acting on the contract mess involving wingman Alex Nuyles and Mahindra (formerly Kia).
Narvasa said it would be hard for him to decide on the case if he’ll base everything on claims being made by both parties, adding it is imperative for him to personally see the contract which Nuyles claimed to have signed but Mahindra said was not counter-signed by Mahindra - and therefore invalid.
As per league record, Narvasa said the former Adamson stalwart has no existing contract with the Enforcers.
“Hindi ko pa alam ‘yung facts and the only time I’ll be able to find it is when I get back,” said Narvasa, who went with the league board here to watch and support the games of Gilas Pilipinas in the Fiba Asia Championship.
“I checked (the record) and lumalabas nga, expired ‘yung contract. Pero kung meron siyang sinasabi na pinirmahan niya (with Mahindra), ipadala niya sa akin yung kopya para makita at mapag-aralan ko.”
However, Nuyles, a draft pick of Rain or Shine who was picked up by Blackwater in the dispersal draft and later traded to Kia (now Mahindra), told Spin.ph he has not been furnished a copy of the contract the ballclub made him sign last July 29 - more than a month before his old contract expired.
Mahindra team manager Eric Pineda also confirmed to Spin.ph that the contract Nuyles signed was never signed by new team management which had a change of heart on the player.
Narvasa said he was approached by Fr. Noni Realuyo, a board member of the Basketball Coaches Association of the Philippines (BCAP) and who acts as spiritual adviser of the third-year pro, to clarify everything.
Narvasa was the longtime head of BCAP before assuming the PBA commissionership.
“That was a week ago pa and until umalis kami (for the Fiba Asia), wala pa silang pinapadala,” said the new league commissioner.
The plight of Nuyles and other players, as well as former Kia coach Glenn Capacio who slammed the team for what he claimed was 'undue termination' and 'unpaid wages,' have sparked calls for the revival of the long-dormant PBA Players Association.