MPBL sets bar on players planning PBA jump

FORMER pros and rookie aspirants playing in the MPBL will have to wait until the end of the season before they get the opportunity of moving up to the PBA.

A directive signed by MPBL commissioner Kenneth Duremdes and approved by league founder and chief executive officer Manny Pacquiao had been released to all 31 teams competing in the fastest growing regional amateur basketball league.

With one third of the elimination round already been played, MPBL teams are now gearing up for the coming trading and releasing of players within the league to bolster their respective line ups ahead of the playoffs.

MPBL founder Manny Pacquiao (middle) (MPBL photo)
MPBL founder Manny Pacquiao (middle) (MPBL photo)

The trading, releasing and acquisition of MPBL free agents is expected to happen midway the elimination round.

“We’re doing this to make sure it will not hamper the preparation of teams as they build up for the playoffs,” Commissioner Duremdes said. “Unfair rin naman sa mga teams na nagpalakas and nag-improve ng line up nila, then all of a sudden iri-release lang agad. The best way is to finish the season before these players will be released to the PBA.”

“We’re not stopping our players’ dream of playing or getting back to the PBA, but we also have to protect our teams in the MPBL.”