MANILA, Philippines – With the PBA Season 47 tips off on Sunday, the NLEX could be without its star guard Kifer Ravenna.
Ravenna is still seeking clearance from the PBA after being allowed to rejoin the Road Warriors after leaving the squad for the Shiga Lexsters in the Japan B League in September last year.
According to the NLX, Ravenna is keen to sign a one-conference deal with the Road Warriors and will return to play with the Lexters, who have reportedly offered to extend her contract.
“He really wants to play [with NLEX] But the question is, will the PBA let him play in a conference? NLEX head coach Yong Guiao, who also serves as the team’s general manager, said on Monday.
Ravenna, who quickly rejoined the NLEX after playing for his national team at the Southeast Asian Games in Hanoi, Vietnam, was not included in the Road Warriors’ lineup for the 2022 Philippine Cup, released on Monday.
The 28-year-old joined NLEX in his three-day team building at Bulakan’s Vifarm Garden Resort.
“That doesn’t mean he won’t be able to play in the future. This is still being discussed by the PBA board. “Any time they allow him, we can keep him in line,” Guiyo said.
But whether the NLX will keep Ravenna at bay again, Guiao doesn’t seem worried about the Road Warriors’ preparations for the new season.
“It simply came to our notice then. The pieces are already there, ”Guiao said. “We’re ready to go, even without Kifer.”
“Of course, with Kifer, we’ll be really complete,” he added. “But the team is doing well. It’s about translating into the real game. “
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