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Aurin, JLC, 31 other PBA draftees head to free agency

Out of the 79 players drafted in the 2023 PBA Rookie Draft, 33 are now headed to free agency.

This comes after the five-day grace period for PBA teams elapsed last Friday.

The highest-drafted player who did not receive a tender offer was the 34th overall pick, Kim Aurin. Aurin and Ginebra’s other picks, Franz Abuda and Brandrey Bienes, are now unrestricted free agents.

Meanwhile, Rain or Shine did not extend an offer to JC Cullar and Larry Arpia.

On the other hand, Magnolia chose not to sign Mapua bigs Warren Bonifacio and Christian Bunag, along with Perpetual winger Tonton Peralta.

Phoenix Super LPG relinquished its rights to John Lloyd Clemente, Daniel Atienza, Joe Gomez de Liano, and Theo Flores.

NLEX did not sign Francis Guissani and Lorenzo Navarro, while Meralco sent Zach Huang and Jessie Sumoda to free agency.

San Miguel did not make an offer to Jayson Apolonio, Jayvee Dela Cruz, Jamel Ramos, and JBoy Gob.

Among those not brought back by Terrafirma were Kenneth Villapando, Jeric Pido, and Enrique Caunan, while Northport passed on signing Jan Sobrevega, Ian Herrera, Johnnel Bauzon, Joemari Lacastesantos, Nikko Paranada, and Regie Boy Basibas.

For Converge, Raymond Binuya, MJ Garcia, Andree Flores, and Jonathan Del Rosario did not receive an offer to return.

The case of the 33rd overall pick, Patrick Maagdenberg, was unique.

Maagdenberg was initially drafted in the third round by Magnolia. However, that pick was part of the package sent to Converge in the Abu Tratter transaction.

League rules state that picks beyond the second round cannot be traded, resulting in a gentleman’s agreement between the two clubs.

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Maagdenberg is now signed with Converge.

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