By Waylon Galvez
Blackwater rookie Bobby Ray Parks Jr. has been given the go signal by PBA commissioner Willie Marcial to finish his contract with San Miguel Beer Alab Pilipinas before he plays in the PBA.
The league chief mentioned this Saturday, a day before the opening of the 44th PBA Philippine Cup.
“Yes, we’ll allow him to finish his stint before he plays in the PBA,” said Marcial.
However, the league chief said that Parks has to sign the contract forwarded by Blackwater, a three-year maximum rookie deal worth approximately P9.54 million.
Blackwater management had asked the PBA Commissioner’s Office to look into the situation of Parks, son of former PBA seven-time Best Import the late Bobby Parks, and his situation since he is under contract with Alab Pilipinas.
Blackwater picked Parks with the second overall pick in last year’s PBA Rookie Draft, but Alab co-owner Charlie Dy – who also represents Parks – reiterated that the latter is under contract with the ABL team and that there is already a precedent when Christian Standhardinger was allowed to finish his deal with Hong Kong.
Standhardinger was selected No. 1 overall by San Miguel Beer during the 2017 Rookie Draft but because of his ABL contract, he only joined SMB in the Commissioner’s Cup.
“There had been precedence, like the one with Christian Standhardinger,” said Marcial.