PBA stars play for big money is something that every player has a right to do, PBA Commissioner Willie Marshall believes.
“They’re like our doctors, nurses, engineers, etc.,” Marshall told Inquirer during the league’s third Media Day at the Novotel Hotel in Cuba, Queens City, on Thursday. “They all deserve security, especially for themselves and their families.
“If they think playing abroad is best for them, then who are we to argue about that at PBA?”
As far as foreign star players are concerned, Matthew Wright of Phoenix Super LPG will be heading to Japan after the Philippine Cup, which starts on June 5.
The PBA and its affiliates do not want to go to the bidding war with the B-League team or any other neighboring pro-league in this regard so as not to interfere with what is seen as a foolish arrangement.
This is despite the fact that upcoming stars like Kifar Ravenna and Bobby Ray Parks Jr. are already turning their backs on lucrative careers here.
And Marshall admits that even after Wright leaves, there will be many more people leaving with PBA players who are not really bound by long-term contracts.
But is he afraid?
“Not at all,” Marcel proceeded. “They play there as imports, and those who play in PBA as imports, they all come back to the country. I believe that most of the time it will be short term.
“It’s a way to secure a better future for themselves and their families,” he said. “They know they are still in PBA.
“And we will always be here to welcome them.”
Martial only wants players to think about moving here to fulfill their responsibilities with plans to take their work abroad, as Wright is known to do.
The sweet-shooting national team standout, sources said, will play the rest of his contract with the Fuel Masters, which is suitable for the Philippine Cup, before moving to Japan.
At the moment it is an open discussion and all parties are trying to get the best out of the situation.
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