Kia dan­gles top draft pick

Manila Bulletin - - Sports - By WAY­LON GALVEZ

Kia is not dis­count­ing the pos­si­bil­ity of trad­ing its top pick in the PBA Draft late this month pro­vided that it gets what it wants to shore up its shal­low bench.

Team man­ager Eric Pineda said the team is not clos­ing the door on suit­ors hop­ing to get the No. 1 se­lec­tion, which the team will get based on its fin­ish af­ter three con­fer­ences.

“It’s pos­si­ble, we’re not clos­ing the door,” said Pineda in a phone in­ter­view with the Bul­letin. “The im­por­tant thing of course is what­ever is best for the team, that’s what we’ll do.”

“But for now, noth­ing is fi­nal. We have yet to talk (to­gether with the coaches) on what we’ll do,” added Pineda, a busi­ness part­ner of Kia coach and box­ing leg­end, Sen. Manny Pac­quiao.

In the first two con­fer­ences of the PBA, Kia – then us­ing the name Mahin­dra – fin­ished with sim­i­lar 3-8 cards, plac­ing 10th in both the Philip­pine Cup and the Com­mis­sioner’s Cup.

In the Gov­er­nors’ Cup, the team failed to notch a sin­gle win in 11 matches to fin­ish last at 12th place over­all.

The league’s Com­mis­sioner’s Of­fice has yet to come out with the of­fi­cial draft­ing or­der, but un­der PBA rules, the or­der will be based on the com­bined fin­ish of a team in all three con­fer­ences, which gives Kia the No. 1 over­all pick in the draft on Oct. 29 at the Robin­son’s Place Er­mita.

An ex­pan­sion fran­chise back in 2014, Kia ac­tu­ally has a his­tory of trad­ing a high rookie pick.

In 2015, Kia se­lected for­mer Na­tional Univer­sity stal­wart and Gi­las Pilip­inas cadet Troy Rosario with the sec­ond over­all pick, but a few days later, the 6-foot-7 for­ward was dealt to TNT in a three-team trade.

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