Local players joining foreign leagues not a threat says Ricky Vargas


MANILA – PBA chairman Ricky Vargas sees no problem of local Filipino players signing up to play basketball abroad following the top collegiate basketball star Thirdy Ravena’s decision to skip the PBA draft and play in the Japan B-League.

PBA chairman Ricky Vargas in a virtual forum said it’s up to the players if they want to join a league in foreign countries despite enticing offers from PBA.

According to the current PBA rules, eligible players will have at least a two year period to join the PBA draft.

Thirdly Ravena led the Ateneo De Manila University to three UAAP titles and then skipped this year’s PBA draft to play for the Japanese league.

Other PBA players were also rumored to receive an offer and approached by agents to play abroad.

Ricky Vargas is confident that PBA still remains the best option for local basketball players.

According to Vargas, Other leagues are played per conference. Either they join that conference or join the PBA which is more secured in the long run while also doing it closer to home.

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