PBA tweaks rules on trades, free agency

Rey Joble [ Source: InterAKTV ] - March 22, 2013

PBA commissioner Chito Salud. InterAKTV/Niko BolanteThe PBA has agreed to modify its rules for traded players as well as for free agents.

Commissioner Chito Salud detailed the rule tweaks to InterAKTV after a meeting by the league’s Board of Governors Thursday.

Players who have been traded cannot return to their former team until after two full conferences. Prior to the tweak, traded players were only barred from returning to their previous teams within the season — meaning a player traded in the third conference can be reacquired by his old team in the succeeding offseason under the old rules.

“This time, kailangan two full conferences before the old team can get back the player it traded,” said Salud.

Meanwhile, free agents who receive a tender offer of less than a one-year contract by their teams can entertain offers from other clubs; the right of first refusal would no longer apply to them.

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