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    PBA import transfers allowed even sans waiver from mother ballclubs

    Apr 25, 2013
    Imports like San Mig's Denzel Bowles and Michael Dunigan of Air21 can now move to other PBA ballclubs even without waivers from their mother teams. Jerome Ascano

    DENZEL Bowles can play for Talk `N Text in the future or Michael Dunigan can switch to Barangay Ginebra even without a waiver from their mother teams after a couple of rule changes were approved by the PBA board of governors on Thursday.

    The rule change was part of the agenda tackled by the board headed by chairman Robert Non during a special meeting held at the league office in Libis, Quezon City.

    As agreed upon, imports will no longer need the permission of their former teams when they switch teams in the future, except for imports who move to a sister ballclub by their mother clubs, in which case they need to get a waiver from the rest of the league's member teams.

    A provision in the league’s free agency rules has also been modified, automatically making seventh-year players unrestricted free agents by the end of their contracts.

    The rule shall apply for incoming rookies beginning the 2014 season and will officially take effect once the 2020 season ends.

    The new rule takes out the right of refusal mother teams currently have on players after their seventh year in the league, although it gives mother teams the leeway to offer the player a new salary that is 20 percent above the league's salary cap.

    The league’s current salary cap is pegged at P420,000 a month.

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    Imports like San Mig's Denzel Bowles and Michael Dunigan of Air21 can now move to other PBA ballclubs even without waivers from their mother teams. Jerome Ascano
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