Proposal to make No. 1 draft picks 'non-tradable' gaining traction in PBA board
In all, four of the last six No. 1 draft picks - namely Christian Standhardinger, June Mar Fajardo, Mo Tautuaa, and Greg Slaughter - were exercised by PBA teams which acquired the rights through trades. Stanley Pringle and Mac Belo (not in picture) are the exceptions.

DON'T look now, but a move to make No. 1 draft picks 'non-tradable' over a certain period is gaining traction in the PBA board.

PBA insiders bared representatives from the 12 member ballclubs are discussing the implementation of protected No. 1 draft picks in the wake of a controversy that shook the league's foundation.

"The board is already discussing that. There are some governors who are for it," bared an insider who spoke on the condition that he not to be named. "Hopefully, something concrete comes out of it."

Although no official draft has been made, the insider bared governors in favor of protected draft picks are looking at a 'two-, three-year period where these rookies cannot be traded.'

There is growing sentiment among the board of governors that trades involving No. 1 draft rights over the past six years have hurt league parity, the source bared.

The governors, in fact, are also open to the idea of extending the 'no-trade' clause to cover the top three draft picks, he added.

"It's still fluid at this point. But hopefully, it will happen," the insider said.

The proposal comes months after a controversial trade that sent the rights to pick No. 1 overall in the last PBA draft  from KIA (now Columbian Dyip) to San Miguel sparked a protracted dispute within the board and led to the departure of then-commissioner Chito Narvasa.

However, the trade that enabled the Beermen to select Fil-German Christian Standhardinger wasn't the first time the No. 1 pick changed hands in a trade prior to the rookie draft.

Just two years earlier, TNT KaTropa acquired the right to pick first in the 2015 draft from Blackwater which basically got reserve center Larry Rodriguez.

TNT used that pick to select Fil-Tongan Mo Tautuaa alongside Gilas Pilipinas mainstay Troy Rosario, who the KaTropa acquired in a post-draft trade, also with KIA.


In all, four of the last six No. 1 draft picks were exercised by teams which acquired the rights through trades, counting June Fajardo by SMB in 2012 and Greg Slaughter by Ginebra in 2013.

To date, Blackwater and Columbian Dyip, the last two expansion teams to enter the league back in 2014, have yet to make a semifinal appearance in a conference.

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