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On third try, Kia-SMB trade for top pick finally approved

Chris Standhardinger is the consensus top pick of this year's draft. FIBA (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

BOCAUE--The trade that rocked the PBA fans this past week is on!

PBA Commissioner Chito Narvasa announced on Friday night that he approved the trade that will give San Miguel the number one pick in the PBA Draft this Sunday.

In exchange, Kia, the former owner of the top pick, will get Jay-R Reyes, Ronald Tubid, and Rashawn McCarthy alongside SMB's 2019 first round pick.

The said swap is the third revision of the trade offer, and Narvasa said that he suggested the said package to take place or else the top pick stays with the Picanto.

With the deal done, the Beermen now have the opportunity to go first in a draft that will be headlined by Chris Standhardinger, Kiefer Ravena, and Jeron Teng.

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