Kifer Ravenna is set to return to the NLX lineup in the midst of negotiations for a deal when the 47th PBA season kicks off with the Philippine Cup on Sunday, but a short-term deal and a glass Pilipinus call-up could hamper his recent return. League
At least, for this season.
With four days left before the PBA says it will return to its old, normal format, Ravenna and NLX management have yet to come to terms, a source involved in the talks told investigators on condition of anonymity.
Before returning to the more lucrative B-League in Japan, Ravenna is reportedly seeking a one-conference deal, with Matthew Wright joining the same league when his contract with Phoenix Super LPG expires at the end of the Philippine Cup.
But the Road Warriors are reluctant to agree to a short-term deal.
“The party is not interested in a one-conference agreement,” the source said. “Being called up to the national team would cut a lot of his time with the NLX if it ever approves a one-conference deal.”
Ravenna could spend another season out of the league due to stagnation.
“In all likelihood, Kifar will not play in the PBA this season,” the source said.
Calling for the flag at two major international tournaments in July means Ravenna will be dropped from the NLEX lineup again for a few weeks, which could disrupt team harmony.
“We are still discussing at the moment and Kifar is just waiting for a call from Coach Young [Guiao] By [Thursday] In the morning, ”Marvin Espiritu, Ravena’s manager, told investigators by phone. “She is practicing with NLX and she is with Gilas at the moment. So he is excited about it. “
Return to Japan
But the source, with whom Inquirer Espiritu spoke earlier, said NLEX management would seek a full-time lineup that would have a shot at competing for the title at all three conferences.
Ravenna, who qualified for the Philippine Five after losing the 31st Southeast Asian Games in Hanoi last month, is due to return to Japan later this year, where two more conferences – the Commissioner’s Cup and the Governors’ Cup – will still be competing.
Wright, meanwhile, must play for the Fuel Masters in the Philippine Cup before signing a B-League contract.
He will become the latest PBA star to play overseas, following in the footsteps of Ravenna and Bobby Ray Parks Jr., and a bunch of other talents like Dwight Ramos and Thirty Ravenna who could be the core of the PBA team.
PBA Commissioner Willie Marshall said his office speculated that Ravenna and the NLX were still in talks and could add or strike a player to the roster at any time before the end of the elimination round of the Road Warriors Conference.
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