After a long study, the Philippine Basketball Association has agreed to allow NLEX star Kiefer Ravena to play for Shiga in the B.League.
The league cited that allowing Ravena to play abroad is something that the player has been wanting to do ever since.
“The NLEX Road Warriors are happy to announce that an agreement has been reached with the PBA to allow Kiefer to play in the Japan B. League for one season.
“This agreement was reached following discussions with the PBA Board, Commissioner Willie Marcial, NLEX Road Warriors management, and Kiefer’s camp,” said NLEX team maanger Ronald Dulatre.
Back on June 2, Shiga made a shock announcement that it had signed the most decorated basketball player in the Southeast Asian Games for the upcoming 2020-21 season.
The 27-year-old, though, is still in year two of his three-year max deal with NLEX.
Multiple sources closely monitoring the situation have told Tiebreaker Times that some officials from his team have allowed him to leave the team since his contract with Shiga is far greater than what he has with NLEX. But the PBA blocked the transfer as all players in the league are also bound by a uniform players contract — a tripartite bond between the player, the team, and the league.
Commissioner Willie Marcial reinforced the statement, saying, “Sa ruling ng PBA, hindi pwede. Kasi sa UPC, may kontrata siya.”
Since his draft as the second overall pick in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft, Ravena played a total of 50 games with the Road Warriors so far.