Kia Picanto to TNT: Respect goals of every team and move forward
Mind your own business and move on.
This was the message of Kia PBA Governor Bobby Rosales to TNT KaTropa who has been bitter about the Picanto trading away its No. 1 pick in the 2017 draft to the San Miguel Beermen.
In an interview with Philippine Star’s Quinito Henson, Rosales said: “We never commented on trades of other teams in the past because that’s their discretion for as long as the Commissioner approves. Let’s respect the goals of every team and just move forward.”
PBA Commissioner Chito Narvasa has approved Kia’s decision to swap its No. 1 pick for San Miguel’s Ronald Tubid, Rashawn McCarthy, Jay-R Reyes and the Beermen’s first round pick next year. San Miguel used the pick to get Filipino-German sensation Christian Standhardinger.
Rosales revealed that other teams were interested in getting Standhardinger because of his outstanding performance in the Gilas games.
“Everybody coveted him. It’s a fact that we received offers from several teams for a trade,” said Rosales.
While he agreed the Standhardinger was oozing with talent Rosales said Kia could not bank on a single player to carry its team toward its goal of making it to the quarterfinals every conference.
“(Kia team manager) Joe (Lipa) felt the draft couldn’t give us depth and we’ve got only nine players with live contracts. In our situation, we can’t rely on just one man. We figured if we could get three or four players for Christian, why not? So we looked at San Miguel’s offer,” Rosales said.
” We wanted hungry players who didn’t get enough minutes before because they weren’t given a chance. We didn’t mind Keith Agovida who played with us previously and is familiar with our system but the Commissioner didn’t approve his inclusion and instead named Tubid whom I know can help us. McCarthy is young with a lot of potential and will improve with exposure. Jay-R is a veteran frontliner who’ll play a bigger role with us. We wouldn’t have been able to get those three players if we didn’t trade Christian and we still have San Miguel’s first pick next year,” he said.
Rosales said that he has given Lipa a freehand to engage in more trades to field a competitive team in the PBA.