PBA unrestricted free agency also a ‘gamble’ for players, says commissioner

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PBA commissioner Willie Marcial.

PBA commissioner Willie Marcial. PBA IMAGES

MANILA, Philippines—The PBA’s first step into unrestricted free agency certainly had its hiccups, and league Commissioner Willie Marcial knows that.

Marcial said that unrestricted free agents will have the absolute freedom to choose which team they want to play for but there’s it also takes a little bit of gambling for those who want to dive into the talent pool.

“Of course the advantage will always be with the players, that’s why we implemented unrestricted free agency so that players can choose the teams they want to play for,” said Marcial in Filipino. “That thing is though, it’s also a gamble for them.”

Marcial added that unrestricted free agents may choose to leave their former clubs to get better contracts with other teams but that isn’t always a guarantee.

A player may not get the contract he wants from another…

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