THE PBA will adopt a different procedure when it holds the dispersal draft for expansion teams Kia Motors and Blackwater Sports this Friday.
Media bureau chief Willie Marcial told Spin.ph the league will give the two teams the liberty to decide how to go about the process of picking players in the pool, made up of cagers left unprotected by their respective mother ballclubs.
“Hahayaan muna namin silang mag-usap,” said Marcial, who also serves as special assistant to commissioner Chito Salud. “Dun na namin sisimulan ang draft. Pero marami kasing proseso kaming inihanda.”
The dispersal draft begins by first identifying the players who are being eyed by both teams, after which Commissioner Salud will go through their respective entries.
If both teams have identical players in their roster, the draft formally begins focusing on the names listed identically by the expansion squads, which will then alternately select from the pool.
Marcial said a lottery will be done before the draft to identify which will get to choose first.
Among the prominent names in the dispersal draft pool include former Rain or Shine workhorse Larry Rodriguez and rookie Alex Nuyles, San Mig gungho forward Ronnie Matias, Barako Bull big men Hans Thiele and Jason Deustchman, veteran guards Roger Yap and Renren Ritualo, and two-time league MVP Danny Ildefonso.
Marcial also disclosed to Spin.ph that coach Manny Pacquiao will personally lead Kia Motors during the dispersal draft at the PBA Office in Libis, Quezon city in his first official act as head coach.
The league executive also expects the boxing superstar to officially submit his application for the coming rookie draft.
Pacquiao’s business adviser and Kia Motor team manager Eric Pineda has earlier hinted that Pacquiao’s draft application has long been signed and is just waiting for his go-signal for submission.
The 35-year old eight-time world champion first broke to Spin.ph the story that he will be Kia Motors’ playing coach when the Columbian Autocar Corporation franchise begins its inaugural season campaign in the 40th year of Asia’s first ever play-for-pay league.