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Gavina bares he's surprised with Kia draft pick trade reports

Chris Gavina failed to see Chris Standhardinger in the Draft Combine, and he also fears he may fail as well in selecting him first overall with the trade reports swirling. FIBA (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANDALUYONG--Kia coach Chris Gavina admitted on Monday night that the recent reports swirling around his club's first round pick in the PBA Draft, slated to become first overall, took him by surprise.

"I'm learning just as much as everyone else as I read and hear about these things," Gavina told some reporters after Day 1 of the draft combine at the Gatorade Hoops Center.

Reports over the weekend said that the said pick could end up at the hands of San Miguel as two separate trade proposals were revealed with the second offer to be discussed in the PBA board meeting on Thursday.

To further justify his claim, he even said that he keeps on asking the Picanto's management about the reports.

"I'm asking my management, 'Is this true?' but they can't," Gavina revealed how his persistence had gone.

But if Gavina is to be asked, he would prefer, "I'd love to keep [the number one pick]."

In fact, he even joked that he wanted to see consensus top pick Chris Standhardinger, who was the only absentee in the opening of the two-day combine.

"I'm looking for the big 6-8 guy," Gavina said with a chuckle.

However, he admitted that the status of the top pick is not under his control now.

"There's some higher powers that might not agree [about keeping the pick]," Gavina continued.

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