IS highly-touted RayRay Parks joining Blackwater already cast in stone?
Reading between the lines, it appears there’s still a lot of haggling and dealing going on.
Parks admitted Sunday he has yet to sign on the dotted line as far as the Elite’s pre-season tender offer is concerned.
Blackwater has a standing three-year offer worth P10.4 million to the son of the late legendary PBA import Bobby Parks.
“As of now, they own my rights, but I haven’t signed anything yet,” said Parks, who watched the Philippine Cup quarterfinal game between Phoenix and Alaska at ringside of the Mall of Asia Arena.
Parks' stint with Alab Pilipinas in the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) came to an end last week after the Philippine side got booted out of the playoffs by Hong Kong Eastern.
But playing three straight years with Alab behind a home-and-away format has taken its toll on him that Parks said he needed to rest a bit.
And that would give him the opportunity to ponder about his future in Asia’s first-ever play-for-pay league.
“That’s what I’m trying to figure out right now, whatever the next chapter is,” he said. “That’s why I’m still pondering my thoughts and figuring out what’s the best not only for me, but for my family. I’ve been the breadwinner of the family.”
Even before he could play his first game in the PBA, the former UAAP MVP is already embroiled in rumors about a three-team trade that would supposedly bring him to Meralco.
Talk of such a trade snowballed on Saturday when TNT relegated Jericho Cruz to the injured list. Cruz was supposed to be part of the deal.
However, Blackwater team owner Dioceldo Sy said the franchise is bent on signing up the 26-year-old Parks and has ruled out trading him away following a talk with SM head and National University owner Hans Sy.
On Sunday morning, Parks posted a cryptic tweet that goes:
Parks said he has yet to make up his mind.
“I’m pretty excited (with the PBA), but I’m just trying to wrap my head first around the game and where am I going. I’m trying to take a step away from the court first to clear my mind,” he stressed.
The Phoenix-Alaska game somehow helped him get his mind off the court.
“The PBA is a great and prestigious league and that’s one thing. As you can see right now I’m watching the game and I’m enjoying the environment,” he said.