THE draft day trade between Globalport and Star was finally approved despite the leadership impasse that befell the PBA the past few days.
A league official and GlobalPort executive both confirmed the approval that send first round pick Robert Herndon and Gian Abrigo to the Hotshots in exchange for the trio of Lervin Flores, Joseph Gabayni, and Julian Sargeant going to the Batang Pier.
No detail was mentioned on when the deal was given the green light, especially after the PBA Board got embroiled on the heated issue regarding the tenure of commissioner Chito Narvasa.
The issue on whether Narvasa stays on or not as commissioner reached a standoff Friday after the two warring factions within the board agreed not to discuss the matter at the moment, and instead, try to resolve the impasse on Nov. 14 when it holds its annual planning session in Los Angeles, USA.
Big man Andreas Cahilig was earlier part of the trade, but the Hotshots reportedly were a bit concerned with the hamstring injury the Fil-Swede player suffered during the rookie combine, prompting Globalport to replace him with Abrigo in the revised trade submitted to the league office on Monday.
The Batang Pier originally had their eyes on Flores, the reigning NCAA slam dunk king, but went on instead with Herndon at no.6. The Hotshots later selected Flores at no. 9 to complete what turned out to be a pre-draft arrangement between the two ballclubs.
Aside from the three rookies it received from the trade and Cahilig, Globaport also got Zach Nicholls from the draft, while outside of Abrigo and Herndon, Star managed to tab Gwynn Capacio and Thomas Torres.