By Jonas Terrado
TNT KaTropa is hoping to secure newly-acquired rookie Ray Parks Jr. to a long-term deal once his contract expires at the end of the PBA Governors’ Cup.
Team manager Gabby Cui said TNT plans to offer Parks a contract worth “whatever his fair market value is” once they talk about the specifics at least before the end of the current conference.
The son of the late seven-time PBA Best Import Bobby Parks currently has a two-conference contract which he signed with Blackwater last April.
“That’s why we want him for TNT,” Cui said when asked of the contract situation. “But specifics? No. Of course, not. Wala pang specifics.”
The PBA Commissioner’s Office on Sunday approved the trade that sent Parks to the KaTropa in exchange for Don Trollano, Tony Semerad and a first round pick in the 2021 Draft.
Parks attended his first practice Monday at Kerry Sports Manila in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, and the KaTropa are hoping to put him up to speed before his debut Friday against Barangay Ginebra San Miguel.
“Basta yung attitude niya coming in is he wants to help the team,” said Cui. “He’s very positive and he had a good practice kanina. We’re looking forward to more practices kasi siyempre bago siya. Yung sistema, he has to learn.”
Meanwhile, the move to TNT has revived Parks’ chances in the race for the Rookie of the Year.
Under league rules, a player will have to play at least 70 percent of the team’s game during the three-conference season in order to be eligible for any individual awards.
Parks played 23 games for the Elite since making his PBA debut in the Commissioner’s Cup last May.